Monday, January 28, 2008

MONDAY VARIETY

THAN/THEN

Identify the part of speech of "than" and "then" and explain, with examples, the difference in the use of each.

TRY AND/TRY TO

Which is acceptable: "try and" or "try to"?
Explain your choice.

TODAY'S WORD

The word for today is "hirsute".
Define "hirsute" and use it in a sentence.

1 comment:

KFJ said...

Generally speaking,

THAN is a conjunction, which usually follows a comparative adjective or adverb.

THEN is primarily used as an adverb.

"It was then that I realized I am happier than you [are]."

TRY, when used as a transitive verb, is followed by an object or another verb in its infinitive form. Infinitives in the English language are preceded by the word "to", not "and". Therefore, one should try TO do something as opposed to try AND doing it.

For whatever reason, society has accepted both forms for hundreds of years, but one is far less logical than the other. Example:

"Try and find the remote" implies that the listener should first try an unspecified action, and subsequent to that, find the remote. "Try to find the remote" strictly implies than an attempt to locate the remote should be made.

I did not know the word HIRSUTE. It is an adjective implying covered in hair; shaggy.

"Wednesday Addams laughed at the hirsute appearance of Cousin Itt."