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Do or do not. There is no try. -Yoda
Let's try some stuff
In English, we use the word, "try" to mean both "to try something out" and "to make an effort to do something". In Japanese, these are
separate grammatical expressions. For instance, "I tried the cherry flavor" and "I tried to do homework" mean quite different things and though
English does not make a distinction, Japanese does.
To try something out
To try something out, you simply need to change the verb to the te-form and add 「みる」. If it helps you to remember, you can think of it as a
sequence of an action and then seeing the result. In fact 「みる」 conjugates just like 「見る」.
written in hiragana.
例） 切る → 切って → 切ってみる
You can treat the whole result as a regular verb just as you would with 「見る」.
（１） お好み焼きを始めて食べてみたけど、とてもおいしかった！- I tried eating okonomiyaki for the first time and it was very tasty!
（２） お酒を飲んでみましたが、すごく眠くなりました。- I tried drinking alcohol and I became extremely sleepy.
（３） 新しいデパートに行ってみる。- I'm going to check out the new department store.
（４） 広島のお好み焼きを食べてみたい！- I want to try eating Hiroshima okonomiyaki!
To attempt to do something
guessed that this next grammar for attempting to do something would involve the volitional form, you were right. To say that you tried (as in attempted)
to do something, you need to conjugate the verb into the volitional, enclose it in a quotation (so that we can perform an action on the clause) and
finally add the verb 「する」. Or put more simply, you just add 「とする」 to the volitional form of the verb. This is simply an extension of the
quoted subordinate clause from the last section. Instead of saying the quote （言う） or treating it as a thought （思う、考える）,
we are simply doing it with 「する」.
例） 見る → 見よう → 見ようとする
例） 行く → 行こう → 行こうとする
- Everyday, she attempts to avoid study.
- He is attempting to force his way into the room.
- I attempted to sleep early but ended up staying up all night.
- He tried to drink alcohol but his wife stopped him.
Though we use the verb 「する」 to say, "to do attempt", we can use different verbs to do other things with the
attempt. For instance, we can use the verb 「決める」 to say, "decide to attempt to do [X]". Here
are some examples of other actions carried out on the attempt.
- I thought I would attempt to avoid studying as much as possible.
- Decided to attempt to go to gym everyday.
the 「みた」is the past tense plain for of みる as in してみる to try.
As for the thing I broke, even though I tried to lament (my mistake) at this point it cannot be helped
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