Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Friday July 19, 2013

intentar, verb:
to try

Intentar is the basic verb in Spanish for to try, and, incidentally, has nothing to do with ‘intend.’

¿Por qué no lo intentas otra vez?
Why don’t you try again?

Con intentarlo nada se pierde.
There’s no harm in trying.

You also use it with an infinitive and no preposition when you want to express to try to do:

Intenté explicárselo, pero no sirvió de nada.
I tried to explain it to him, but it was no use.

Intente fumar menos.
Try to smoke less.

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