Lesson 47 verbs after “try”

Choose the correct answers:

  1. Most students always try __________ (to do, doing) their best in all the classes.
  2. For students with small children, they try __________ (to take care of, taking care of) their children and their study at the same time.
  3. When they have aging parents and young children, some students have a hard time. Zakia is trying __________ (to come, coming) up some effective solutions.  She has tried __________ (to find, finding) a babysitter for her children. She has also tried __________ (to hire, hiring) a home caregiver for her parents. However, nothing has worked well so far.  She is considering quitting school and staying home full time.


The verb “try” can be followed by both an infinitive (to + base verb) and a gerund (verb-ing), with very different meanings.

try + to + base verb (infinitive): make an effort, do one’s best

try + verb-ing (gerund): experiment with a plan to see if it works.

  • In Sentence #1, try + infinitive. Students make an effort to do well in their classes.
  • In Sentence #2, try + infinitive. Students make an effort to take care of their children and study.
  • In Sentence #3, try + gerund. Zakia has experimented two plans to see which works better: hiring a babysitter or a home caregiver.



Baking is my way to relax after a busy day at work. Yesterday, I tried __________ (to bake, baking) a new cake to surprise my family. I wanted it to be less sweet, so I tried __________ (to add, adding) half the required amount of sugar.  The cake did not turn out as yummy as I had hoped.  I did not give up but baked the second one.  This time I tried __________ (use, using) half the required amount of sugar plus a half cup of chopped dates.  The result was fantastic!




to do; to take care of; to come; finding; hiring

to bake; adding; using