Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

trial and error

trial and error
Meaning(s)
1) experiment with different methods/ways of doing something in order to find the correct/best one
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • figuring out how to operate the machine was a matter of trial and error
  • Analysis
    'Trial and error' refers to the process of trying and experimenting with different things and methods in order to arrive at the best approach, solution or outcome to something. Trial and error is a method of learning by doing. This is an expression that can be used in both social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The machinery didn't come with any instructions, so figuring out how to operate it was a matter of trial and error.
    2. I find it easier to use a recipe book than learning to cook by trial and error.
    3. Most parents will agree that parenting is a system of trial and error and you never really know for sure if you are doing the right thing.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Through trial and error, I discovered the most cost-effective way of producing my product. As a result, I made a profit for the first time last month. 
    2. We developed the program with a lot of user input and trial and error.
    3. Our process wasn't very scientific really, we just adjusted the recipe based on trial and error.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The company has a policy of fully onboarding all new employees as leaving them to learn by trial and error has proven to be detrimental to productivity. 
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