Is “try taking these ones” correct? (doctor speaking to a patient)

A patient is complaining that the pills that he had given her a week ago don’t help, so he opens a drawer, takes another pack of some other pills and says: “Try taking these ones”.

Is it correct to say like this? Does it sound natural?

Answer

Having been informed of a Question Update, here is my new answer.

(try + to V)

We use this to indicate difficulty in the activity given by the verb. for example, if some one is lying on the floor complaining of an injury to the leg, we might say

try to stand up

This indicates that, because of the purported injury, we do not yet know whether this person will be able to stand or not. Therefore, they should try and find out.

(try v-ing)

We use this when suggesting a solution to a problem. For example, if someone is beside you in the crowd of a sporting event or similar and they complain that they cannot see, you might respond

try standing up

Here you are suggesting the activity given by the verb. We know that the person is physically capable of standing up; we are suggesting that they ‘try it out’ to see what the results are.


Applying this to your example, ‘try taking…’ would appear to be correct since the doctor is probably not questioning your ability to swallow the pills but rather suggesting that they might solve your problem (i.e. make you feel better).

Hope this helps.

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Source : Link , Question Author : brilliant , Answer Author : Karl

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