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Editor's Notes, February 16, 2004 --Free writing courses are now available
February 16, 2004

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Grammar Point -- "and"

And is a conjunction that connects items of equal value. One common misuse has to do with its use with try. Even in printed work I am encountering the phrase "...try and...," as in

I will try and get this grammar point across.

The grammar rules say this means:

I will try this grammar point across and I will get this grammar point across.

Clearly not what I want to say.

What I want to say is

I will try to get this grammar point across.

Did I succeed?

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