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Should I say try and or try to? How about would have or would of?
Replace try and (I will try and fix it) with try to (I will try to fix it). Some grammarians label try and as incorrect when really it is just very informal and best used in conversation. Try to is standard usage and appropriate for all levels of formality in both speech and writing. Other colloquial constructions are synonymous, or nearly so, with try to, such as be sure to and go and. Often try and is interchangeable with try to, but there are some contexts in which try and implies success, e.g., "Do try and behave," and others where try and is ironic and implies failure, e.g., "Try and make me move." Fowler's Modern English Usage (Burchfield, R.W., ed. New York: Oxford University Press [3 ed.], 1996) says, "It is an idiom that should not be discountenanced, but used when it comes natural"; but Fowler also wrote that it is "almost confined to exhortations and promises," and these are more common in informal than in formal contexts. As far as would of (and woulda), it is an irregular spelling of would have or would've (same with coulda, could of, shoulda, should of). These forms came to be because they reflect actual pronunciation and using would of in writing often occurs when one is writing in a hurry. The spellings woulda and would of are often referred to as eye dialect, which means 'an unusual spelling intended to represent colloquial or dialectal idiosyncrasies of pronunciation.'