Joined: 09 Mar 2003
Location: New Jersey, US
|Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2003 12:04 pm Post subject:
|As to your second question, both examples are proper English and typical sentences. They are not exactly the same, though.
1st: This implies that you tried more than once, and/or there is a context of something else happening at the same time:
a. So there I was with no bus fare to get home. I was trying to call you,..
b. I was trying to call you,.. Where were you?
2nd: This needs no context. It says you called at least once, but it could have been more than once:
a. Bob: Why didn't you call me?
Carol: I tried calling you yesterday, but your number/line/phone was busy.
b. I tried calling you yesterday, but... I was hoping you would want to go see a movie together.