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Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: Mark C (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 17:53

For those who post Malarkey predictions, you may notice everybody has their own way of pluralising the word Try. I don't think I've ever stuck to one way or another and was wondering what the correct way of spelling it actually is.

I'm well aware that for the word try as in, "I am going to try this," would become "he tried that" or "if he tries that," but what about for scoring more than one Try?

Would a person to have scored a hat trick in rugby, have scored 3 Trys, 3 Tries or 3 Try's?

Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: shendy (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 17:57

Tries.

Try's? <Shudder>



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Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: StPo (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 17:58

Tries according to ECR rugby.

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Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: Jazzman (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 18:08

I blame the teachers,too busy threatening strike action to actually teach.

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Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: Mark C (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 18:12

Quote:
shendy
Tries.
Try's? <Shudder>

Yes, I could have crossed this one out straight away but have seen it used so thought I'd include it.

Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: Saintly Pursuit (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 18:14

As the origin was, I think, that grounding the ball entitled you to "try to kick a goal" then the plural will be "x tries at kicking for goal".

The French use "essai" which is the literal translation of "to try"

Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: St Marlowe (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 18:23

try
tries
succeeds



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Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: Flinstone Saint (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 18:44

I'm glad you've asked this Mark. It's something I struggle with each week. Plumping for Tries seems to have been a good decision.



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Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: FatAlan (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 19:01

I wouldn't even bother. Give up!

Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 19:24

Somebody has to be the pedant. My view is that "try" in this context is a noun and the plural should be "trys". "Tries" is the third person singular of the verb "to try". Most definitely NOT "Try's" which doesn't exist in English.

Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: Flinstone Saint (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 19:47

Oi tedge. Just when I thought I had it sorted(Sm154)



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Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: SaintsDuncan (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 19:55

How about chucking another one in....

I (personally) think it should be Scrumhalfs, not Scrumhalves.

Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: Stockers (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 19:59

No tedge, it's well known that nouns ending in "y" change to "ies" in the plural version.

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Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: Jon in Wherever (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 20:01

Sorry Tedge, according to the OED, you're wrong. Even though it's a noun, you still put the -ies at the end.

"If the noun ends with a consonant plus -y, make the plural by changing -y to -ies"

Therefore, tries. Try's only applies if you are a greengrocer.

And all of this is why it just put T: xx. smiling smiley

Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: Flinstone Saint (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 20:04

Phew (Sm16)



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Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: Chris Hoddle (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 20:04

If the word ends in a "y" change it to an "I" and add "es".
Unless the letter "y" has a vowel just before it.



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Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: shendy (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 20:07

Lines-out rather than lineouts?



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Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: Saints_Dazza (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 20:28

Funniest thing I heard was from a bar maid. Who said in all seriousness.

Why is it called a try, surely they try and when the manage to get over
the line it should be something like a "did"...



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Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: tws (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 20:34

Shendy

That was considered correct at one time but has long since fallen into complete disuse.

Language , of course, evolves over time but I'm sure that EG Bennett and others would turn in their graves over the incorrect use of the plural of try.

Re: Trys, Try's or Tries??
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 23 April, 2014 20:43

I learned something there. Another example would be "cry" when used as a noun. I agree it should be "lines-out" - also "plays-off"

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