The next word in our vocabulary boost series is TRY. TRY is a high frequency verb that can be used as a synonym of attempt, score, taste or put in effort.  There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using TRY.


As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always learn vocabulary as a short phrase and relate new words to synonyms and use them. Click (HERE) and (HERE) for advice on how to learn more vocabulary and HERE for an example of a great strategy to learn new words.



To learn new collocations and word patterns you should create phrases using them and also do exercises (HERE)

Try to do something – attempt to do

Try to decide – attempt to decide

Try to find a solution – look for a solution

Have a try – make an attempt

Try someonés patience – annoy or irritate someone

Try your best at something – put in maximum effort

Try a food – taste a food

Try a sport – see if you like a sport

Try as hard as you can – put in maximum effort

Try for free – not have to pay for

Try to be funny – make a joke

Try again – reattempt

Try a different approach – do something differently

Give something a try – test something

Be worth a try – a good idea to experience

Try at something – put effort into something

Score a try – score points in rugby


Phrasal verbs:

The learning of phrasal verbs is best done using this method (HERE)

Try on – test to see if something fits or suits you well

I tried on the trousers in the shop and they seemed fine

Try out for – see if good enough

The candidates are trying out for the team

Try out – test

They are trying out a new antidepressant

Try back – call back

I´ll try you back as soon as I finish work

Try for – attempt to do something

My friends are trying for a baby




To learn how to use TRY you need to practice and put these words and collocations into your own words to be able to remember them.

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