Tries Vs Trys, When To Use Each In Writing? When Not To

Many words are confusing when it comes to spelling. Some combinations of vowels and consonants create pronunciations that sound very similar and may make us think twice before writing them.

“Tries” refers to the third person singular present indicative of the word “Try,” which means “an attempt to do something.” Trys are a way of scoring points in Rugby sports, American and Canadian football.

Recently, smartphones have made us change the way we communicate daily. Several years back, text messages were not so popular. Still, after all this technology is available, we have powerful spelling tools that help us fix a misspelled word in seconds. That was not the case years back. We also have become more careless when it comes to writing. Some of us don’t even use the dictionary on our phones. So, it is very typical to get confused in words that sound alike. Let’s talk about the words “tries” and “trys.”


The word “tries” is the third person in the singular form of the term “try.” It is used to refer to “an attempt to do something.” It can be used as a noun or a verb. For example, in baseball, you have three strikes to hit the ball the pitcher threw at you. In that case, strikes mean the same thing as tries. They refer to the attempts and in the plural.

When used as a verb, the conjugation of “try” can be pretty simple:


  • I try
  • You try
  • He, she, it tries
  • We try
  • You try
  • They try

See? The same in every person, basically. Only in the singular third one is when it changes.

“tries” can be used as a noun too. It is the plural form of “try.”

Let me show you some synonyms of “tries,” so you have a clearer view of the meaning.

  • Seeks, 
  • Attempts, 
  • Aims, 
  • Endeavors(US), endeavors(UK), 
  • Strives, 
  • Make an attempt, 
  • Drives for, 
  • Goes for, 
  • Shoots for, 
  • Goes after, 
  • Goes all out, 
  • Give it your all, 
  • Give it your best shot, 
  • Has a go, 
  • Has a shot, 
  • Makes an all-out effort, 
  • Makes an effort, 
  • Takes a crack at.


A try is a form of scoring points in rugby football. It is achieved by grounding the ball. To be valid, the ball must be touching the player when it touches the ground in the opposite’s in-goal area or behind the goal line.

The term “try” originates from “try at goal.” It means that grounding the ball initially allowed the attacking team to score with a kick at goal.

A try is a touchdown in American and Canadian football. The difference is that a touchdown requires that the ball enters the end zone at the same time in possession of a player.

A try requires the ball to touch the ground and an attacking player simultaneously.

What Is Rugby?

Rugby is the name for the team sports of rugby league and rugby union and the previous styles of football from which both games evolved. Australian rules football and gridiron football are also part of history.

Variants of football in which the ball was carried and tossed go back to medieval times. Rugby football was started around 1845 in Rugby, Warwickshire, England. In 1895 it split into two sports to form the Northern Rugby Football with twenty-one clubs who left the Rugby Football Union (later renamed the Rugby Football League in 1922).

In 1995, one hundred years later, followed in South Africa by the Rugby World Cup, rugby turned professional. Rugby football was one of the several forms of football played in the nineteenth century at English public schools.

Canadian and American football evolved from Rugby at the beginning of the 20th century.

Examples Of The Use Of The Words In Sentences


  • She tries not to panic. But it is normal for any person to be afraid. It is a dangerous situation!
  • Matt tries to cover us, but he is exhausted from working double shifts all week.
  • Those were not valid trys. This is not rugby. I’m leaving
  • She tries to hold it back, and so far, no one has noticed.
  • He tries to ignore it every time it happens.
  • If he tries to go, I won’t stop him. He is a grown adult and capable of making his own decisions.
  • Every time he tries to complete the trys, he gets injured.
  • I hide. She tries to reach me every time. I can’t take this anymore.
  • My dog tries to lick it like all of his toys. I think it is the smell that makes him do that.
  • Carlos tries not to cry in the theater, but emotions always win in his case.
  • He tries to cuddle when it is raining.
  • No one tries to stop me when I’m on a roll. They know it is for the better.
  • Rugby is more than ego and completing a couple of trys. It is about passion for the sport.
  • If anyone tries to bless this wedding, I will accept it with all my love.
  • Gina tries to go faster when we run in the park. I like the challenge.
  • A helper she tries to be. And a helper she has become.
  • Sunday ended with two successes in five tries. That is less than fifty percent of success. Next Sunday, we will do better.
  • When the first four tries proved useless, rages frayed a lot more.
  • Martha tries to do this every time, but my brother is never paying attention.
  • Will you keep an eye on him for a while and call me if he tries to leave?
  • If he tries to make it, his efforts are pointless.
  • Don tries to push him off every time he gets close.
  • John tries to shake it off.
  • Mama cat tries to bite her ear off. But she is just playing around.
  • He tries to put her aside.
  • If the animal tries to move, hold him.
  • Erick slowly tries to sit. His back is not helping at all.
  • If he tries anything, let him go.
  • It took me more than two tries to do it. But I did it. I’m proud of myself.
  • He tries to flirt with her also.
  • She tries to stand but can’t find the strength.
  • He always fights and tries to hit back.
  • She tries to stay calm. I can’t be like that.
  • Mark tries to play the victim in his house, but it is not working anymore.
  • He always tries to trick you.
  • If he tries the trys, I won’t try to stop him.
  • It took many tries, but she made it.
  • The puppy tries to beg with his eyes and face.
  • He tries to fool a swimmer in deep waters. He is a fool.
  • When he tries, I’ll push him.
  • Wait until she tries to move her head.
  • It took her six tries, but she said it.
  • He tries his best to look flawless.
  • Milo tries to defend himself but beats him.
  • Roy tries to chase the birds.



Now we know that “tries” is just “an attempt” that makes the third person of the singular form, and the “trys” are a move made by Rugby players. Outside those contexts, if you use “trys” as a verb or similar to “trys,” then you are making a mistake, and you should correct that.

You can find other things named “trys,” but they don’t have the same meaning or use, so far, as “tries.” They could be names for some stuff but are not related to “attempting” anything. Keep those differences in mind, and with practice, if you have some issues writing them, you will be better after some tries.

By Shawn Manaher

Shawn Manaher is the founder and CEO of The Content Authority. He's one part content manager, one part writing ninja organizer, and two parts leader of top content creators. You don't even want to know what he calls pancakes.