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    пытаться or стараться

    Hi,

    Just wondering if these words, пытаться and стараться, are interchangeable. If not, can someone give me an example of when each is used? Thanks!

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    Sometimes they are interchangable, sometimes one sounds better than the other.

    Generally,
    пытаться - to try, to make an attempt to do something
    стараться - to try, to do your best or to make an effort to do it in a certain way

    eg.
    Я стараюсь быть вежливым со всеми, кого встречаю ~ I do my best to be polite to everyone I meet
    Я пытаюсь быть вежливым со всеми, кого встречаю ~ I try to be polite to everyone I meet (but I probably fail)

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