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What is the difference between a) and b)?

a) She tried washing her hair in beer.

b) She tried to wash her hair in beer.

Thank you. Please explain how I can understand the difference.

Dear David,

The answer is B) She tried to wash her hair in beer.

When she "tried to wash her hair in beer," this implies she puts forth the effort, but she may have failed. We don't know the outcome from that one sentence.

If she "tried washing her hair in beer," she's essentially trying this approach to see if it will work, and by simply "trying," this means she's gone through the process and found out whether or not it works. There's a sense of completion inherent in that sentence.

I hope this helps!


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