Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh, so mellow.
It has become so common for people to say they’re going to try and do something, I’m not sure anyone who reads this is even going to know what I’m talking about.
But it’s weird. If I’m going to try and make it to work despite a debilitating case of hangnails, what am I saying? The and in the sentence suggests a parallel structure of the two verbs so that the person is carrying out two separate actions: trying it to work, and making it to work. Make sense? Of course not. Am I trying to make it to work? Yes indeed. Professional English pedants can help me out here, but when used correctly, try here becomes a sort of qualifier, a bli neder statement for the Hebrew speakers out there. I’ll try, but I may not succeed.
Try is not a helping verb. (These are: am is are was were be being been has have had do does did may might must can could shall should will would.) But it still reminds me of the other verbs that are followed by infinitives. “I have to trim my hangnails before I can go to work today.” I wouldn’t say, “I have and trim my hangnails.” Have to, try to, like to, to—TO—TO!
So let’s everyone try and to remember.