UNSOLICITED ADVICE

TRY TO DO IT THIS WAY, BUSTER

I want to pass on a favourite grammar crank of my dear departed Mum.

That is, 'I will try and convey her feelings about this phrase', which is so commonly used in place of 'I will try to convey her feelings about this phrase'.

While it is not logically inconsistent to both ‘try’ and ‘and’ something I think almost everybody understands what they are doing is more of the nature of ‘try to’.

It is a shame my Mum was not able to cure the world of that suboptimal expression but she was certainly able to instil an aversion to the ‘try and’ expression in me. Far be it from me to try to pass that on to you, dear reader, but...

R WALLER, OTTAWA

Look, we're not saying you should do it our way, but...you should do it our way. 'The police of the world "running in" an editor'. Wood engraving from Police news, 5 August 1876, Melbourne. State Library of Victoria accession number PN05/08/76/00.

Look, we're not saying you should do it our way, but...you should do it our way. 'The police of the world "running in" an editor'. Wood engraving from Police news, 5 August 1876, Melbourne. State Library of Victoria accession number PN05/08/76/00.