Try doing 還是 try to do?



動詞 「try」 的意思是 「嘗試,試圖」,它可以分別與 「doing」 和 「to do」 搭配,組成 「try doing something」 和 「try to do something」,這兩個說法的意思不同。其中哪一個暗示了 「嘗試的結果並不成功」?「一分鐘英語」 視頻快速講解兩者之間的區別。


Hi, everyone, welcome back to English In A Minute. I’m James and today we’re going to look at the verb try.

This verb can sometimes be a little bit difficult because it changes its meaning.

Let’s take a look at some examples.

I tried baking a cake.

I tried to bake a cake.

These two sentences are almost exactly the same, but their meaning is quite different.

What’s the difference? Let me give you some clues.

I tried baking a cake.

When we use try with an -ing verb, it simply means that you attempted something.

I tried to bake a cake.

So, when you attempt to do something but you are not so successful, you can use try with ‘to’ and a verb.

When you want to talk about a new experience, use try with an -ing verb.

But if you want to say that your attempt at something wasn’t successful, use ‘to’ and a verb.


1.「Try + doing」 用來表達 「嘗試以前沒做過的事」。

  • tried baking a cake.

2. 「Try + to do」 用來表達 「試圖做某事,但沒有成功」。

  • tried to bake a cake.