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天津快三新版_花少钱中大奖22270.COM-_Trying, or Doing One’s Best

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Today we answer a question from Alan in China.

Question:

I'm wondering about the difference between "try" or "do one's best." My English teacher told me they are same. But I believe every word has a difference. Can you help me? - Alan, China

Answer:

Dear Alan,

Thank you for writing, and yes, we can help!

Your teacher is right that the two expressions can mean about the same thing. But you are right that there is small but important difference between "try" and "do one's best."

"Try" means to make an effort, to attempt to accomplish or complete something. But the effort may or may not be successful.

Like this:

I tried to do my school work, but it was so hard I had to give up!

The person was trying, but did not finish the job.

Now, let's look at "do one's best." The word "do" means to perform an action or an activity. It suggests that the work is happening. "One's best" means to put your maximum effort or attention into the job. Here's how the expression sounds in a sentence:

My school work was hard, but I did my best to get it right. I even stayed after class to ask my teacher to explain it to me.

This person made an extra effort to get the work done. He figured out how to get help. He was not just trying, he was doing his best!

However, sometimes people say they are trying, but they are not putting in much effort. That means they are not doing their best. This is where you can really see the difference between "trying" and "doing your best." It can depend on effort.

As a wise person once told me, "天津快三新版_花少钱中大奖22270.COM-_Trying is not always doing." Those are words I try to live by...

And That's Ask a Teacher!

I'm Anne Ball.

Anne Ball wrote this story for Learning English. Kelly Jean Kelly was the editor.

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