About Us
Media Kit
Cover Art Portfolio
Book Reviews
Author Interviews
Character Interviews
Contact Us

Featured Resources

The Better Writing Guide, by Vanessa Finaughty

Critters - for honest critique of your writing
Join the Critters critique circle

Eats, Shoots and Leaves, by Lynne Truss

The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar

David Farland's Writing Tips
Sign up for David Farland's writing tips


Fireblade Publishers
Publishing Services Company

Try to/Try and
By Vanessa Finaughty

Many writers write ‘try and’ when they mean ‘try to’ – this literally makes no sense.

The word ‘try’ means ‘attempt’ or ‘endeavour’.
The word ‘to’ means ‘in the direction of’.
The word ‘and’ means ‘in addition to’, ‘plus’ or ‘as well as’.

So let’s see how some of the synonyms work with regards to clarity of meaning:

John said he would try and pass the test.
John said he would try in addition pass the test.
John said he would try plus pass the test.
John said he would try as well as pass the test.

As you can see, none of the above sentences convey the intended meaning. Rather, they are confusing and nonsensical.

Think of it this way: you don’t use the form ‘trying and’ – it sounds wrong to most people – so the form ‘try and’ is wrong, too.

~ Extract from the Editors’ Bible.


Editing & Proofreading
In-depth Critique
Manuscript Formatting
Book Cover Design

Book Reviews
Author Websites
Audio Books
Media Kits
Ghost Writing
See full list of services...

Formatting Guidelines
Press Release Template

Editors' Bible

DIY Guides for independent authors

Famous self-published authors

Writers' Resources

Writing a Book Review

Free Books

Submit a free book


©2012 Cape Town Web Designs.........| CAREERS | TERMS OF SERVICE | FAQ | PAIA | SITE MAP | PARTNERS