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ADV. desperately, frantically, hard She was trying desperately to stay afloat. Sam was trying hard not to laugh. | gamely, manfully, valiantly trying valiantly to smile through her tears | clumsily clumsily trying to make amends | feebly | in vain, unsuccessfully, vainly

VERB + TRY decide to I decided to try again. | be going to I hope you're not going to try and deny it. | be tempted to | be tempting to | let sb Can't you do it? Let me try.

PHRASES be just/only trying to do sth I was just trying to help! | give up trying I've given up trying to persuade her. | try your best/hardest/utmost I tried my best not to laugh.