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Slate’s Dan Kois Wrote “Try And” Instead of “Try To.” Is He Illiterate?

Slate’s Dan Kois Wrote “Try And” Instead of “Try To.” Is He Illiterate?

A show about the mysteries of English.
March 23 2015 10:35 AM

Is “Try And” an Acceptable Substitute for “Try To”?

Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a quirk of grammar that Henry Fowler believed “should not be discountenanced.”

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Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 56: And Infinitum:

Slate culture editor Dan Kois notified his colleagues recently that he was “getting offline for a bit to try and write.” Try and write. Kois is obviously an ignoramus, since what he should have written was “try to write,” right? Listen to Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss a quirk of English grammar that dates back at least four centuries.

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