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18 Aug 2006, 20:11
Hi,

Are the following "attempt" usages correct according to gmat English?

"attempt to do sth"
"attempt at sth"
"attempt at doing sth"
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19 Aug 2006, 15:03
Only Attempt to do something sounds correct.
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19 Aug 2006, 20:11
This is perfectly right :
"An Attempt at a Most Foul and Unnatural Murder"

Attempt at doing something is also correct IMO :
"This was a crude attempt at doing something"

Can the wise one's comment.
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19 Aug 2006, 23:25
I think attempt at is wrong attempt to is right idiom
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21 Aug 2006, 06:06
It seems that GMAT favors "attempt to do something".
But If it is a noun, "attemp at something" is also believed to be right.

They don't like "attemp at doing sth".
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24 Aug 2006, 00:10
Go through Manhttan SC and Mlicets(ETS) verbal notes.
24 Aug 2006, 00:10
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