Word Choice – Try To Versus Try And

Ketta’s question: “Can you please provide some examples of the proper usage of ‘try to’ and ‘try and?’ ”

BizWritingTip response: I was taught that when the first verb is a strong request the second verb should be in the infinitive form (to + a verb). Therefore, the phrase should be “try to.”

However, according to the Oxford Dictionary, “try to” is considered formal and “try and” is the informal version. Both are now correct.

Please try to complete the report by Friday. (considered formal)
Please try and complete the report by Friday. (informal)

Remember, grammar rules are not written in stone. They are temporary conventions that help us to communicate. They change with custom or style.