Try And or Try To?

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Oh, this is a pet peeve of mine, though it kind of shouldn’t be.

Try and has been used in speech and informal writing for hundreds of years. Usage guides of old recommended against using it, and radio announcers (like myself) rail against it. Modern experts, however, say try and is merely informal, not incorrect. (See me grousing here.)

Actually, try and is slightly more common in print across the pond than here in the States, but try to is still the more common form in both regions.