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Hi guys,

I just have a question about three different phrases, which are being used a lot and I still don't know what they mean exactly....

a) Help me / help me out....what's the difference?

Especially from Americans, I often hear..."Hey man, can you help me out?" Or yesterday, I watched a movie, where FBI agent said: "Excuse me, I'm agent Taylor, I'm looking for someone, can you help me out?" What's the difference between help / help out?

b) try and do something....

Again I hear very often, for example, If your children are over the age of 18 we will try and contact them to let them know of your interest. Or another example, But to try and reach them while also targeting younger audiences is a mistake. If I try and do something, what am I actually doing?

c) There are N ....and counting.

- There are 10 000 members and counting.

- There are 18 Santas in that shop and counting.

Does that "and counting" mean "and increasing"?????

Please guys, clear these phrases up for me.....

regards

JCD

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Hi,

I just have a question about three different phrases, which are being used a lot and I still don't know what they mean exactly..

a) Help me / help me out..what's the difference?

Especially from Americans, I often hear..."Hey man, can you help me out?" Or yesterday, I watched a movie, where FBI agent said: "Excuse me, I'm agent Taylor, I'm looking for someone, can you help me out?" What's the difference between help / help out? None, really. 'Out' just adds a little informality.

b) try and do something..

Again I hear very often, for example, If your children are over the age of 18 we will try and contact them to let them know of your interest. Or another example, But to try and reach them while also targeting younger audiences is a mistake. If I try and do something, what am I actually doing? It's an informal way of saying 'try to do something'.

c) There are N ....and counting.

- There are 10 000 members and counting.

- There are 18 Santas in that shop and counting.

Does that "and counting" mean "and increasing"?? Yes.

Best wishes, Clive
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Thank you Clive.

Best Regards.