Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

give it a (try/shot)

give it a shotgive it a try
Meaning(s)
1) attempt to do sth, make an effort
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • give it a try/you should give it a shot
  • Analysis
    This phrase often refers to something you wouldn't normally do, or it is used to encourage someone, or to talk about doing something for the first time. If you 'give something a go' or 'a try' you intend to experience it for a short time to decide whether you like it, or see if it works for you: “I was thinking of giving yoga a try.” “You should give this medicine a try, it helped me with the same problem.” This is a casual phrase used in social and professional contexts. Similar phrases include ‘give it a go’, or ‘try it out’.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I had never tasted lobster before, but my friend said, Go on, just give it a try. So, I did, and I liked it.
    2. I didn't want to do the bungee jump, but I promised my girlfriend I'd give it a try. It was terrifying!
    3. You should give it a shot. You might like it.
    4. Tom had never done a parachute jump before, but he thought he would give it a shot.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The new advertising campaign has been a great success. I'm so glad we decided to give it a try.
    2. I know you are not very confident with using the system yet but I'd like you to give it a shot.
    3. This website doesn't seem to be working for me. Will you give it a try and see if you have the same problem?
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