Hello,

I know we use try + gerund when we want to talk, for example, about an experiment. Are these sentences ok?

Try not breathing for a minute. The hiccups should go away.

Try holding your breath for a minute. The hiccups should go away.

Do we only say 'the hiccups' or 'the hiccup' would be ok as well?

Thank you!

Kind regards,

Coincidence.
Hi,

Yes. We use try doing something to see if what we're attempting to do helps us to achieve something.

Otherwise, we should use try to do something.

Try holding your breath for a minute. The hiccups should disappear.

It is the hiccups (plural).

Regards
Thank you Emotion: smile

Yes I guessed the second sentence was better, I was not sure about the negative form in the first sentence, though :

'try not doing something'

I think 'not' is ok..we don't say 'non doing sth' or 'no doing sth', do we?

Thank you!

Kind regards.
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Coincidence'try not doing something'
I think 'not' is ok..we don't say 'non doing sth' or 'no doing sth', do we?
Correct. 'not' is the correct word there, not 'non' or 'no'.

CJ