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I just came across this in a magazine 'トライしてみて'.

I know it's saying 'try', but does it actually make grammatical sense? Would I be able to use that in a formal situation, or is it just to sound cute.

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I think the piece of the puzzle which you are missing is that トライする means "to try". ~する is the most common pattern for loans to turn into Japanese verbs (with some exceptions, like ググる etc.).

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Yes, it is grammatically correct. It's of the form 〜てみる which means "to do 〜 and see how it goes/turns out". 〜てみる is fine for formal situations (actually, 〜てご[覧]{らん}ください is even more formal), but the トライする is not.

However, トライしてみて is not just "cutesy" either. It's perfectly fine to use in (most/all?) familiar situations. For more formal situations, you can say {やって・試して・試みて} + {みて・ご覧} + ください.

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I am just confused by the need to add 'トライ' to 'してみて'. Isn't it like saying 'try trying' or 'try doing trying'? surely 'してみて' on its own would be fine :/ – Heather Apr 9 '14 at 23:01
@Heather Instead of thinking of してみて simply as "try", think of it as "do (eat/watch/listen to) something and see how it is". – alexhatesmil Apr 9 '14 at 23:18
Yeah I think トライしてみる is like [試]{ため}してみる, which is made of 試す(try) + してみる(try ~ing) but sounds perfectly fine – user1016 Apr 10 '14 at 0:46
Thanks, that's very helpful! – Heather Apr 10 '14 at 8:46

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