How to use Trying in a sentence
Why were you trying to call him?
Nick was trying to wake her up so they could go to the mall.
I wondered if she was trying to "make up."
He's trying to change, but it isn't easy.
They were sitting around the fire and trying to keep themselves warm.Advertisement
Are you trying to protect her now?
I thought your point was that I was trying to protect you.
She opened the door and slid her legs out one by one, trying to avoid contact with the car.
She cowered into her hiding place, trying to breathe softly in spite of her state of panic.
Being close enough so that she could attend college while living at home had been their rationalization, but she suspected they were also trying to stimulate her social life.Advertisement
She was walking behind him, trying unsuccessfully to keep up with his long strides.
She stammered, trying to think of an excuse why she couldn't go.
She tucked the spot into her jeans, trying not to expose her tears.
We're trying to get a fix on Mrs. Gustefson's cell phone.
Having each some shingles of thought well dried, we sat and whittled them, trying our knives, and admiring the clear yellowish grain of the pumpkin pine.Advertisement
Maybe Señor Medena was trying to ingratiate himself with Alex.
Carmen stared at him, trying to follow his runaway thought train.
I've been trying to call your mobile.
Lilith was trying to destroy the Council.
The boys lost no time in trying it.Advertisement
I'm trying to call in favors for information.
Betsy continued, trying to sound normal.
No; just trying to understand a few things.
I was too busy trying to stay alive.
We were a pair of sobbing women trying to console each other.Advertisement
We drove home with Betsy trying in vain to calm Molly down, telling her we weren't in any danger.
I said, trying to sound indignant.
He had this funny, prissy way of talking, old fashioned-like... using big words when he didn't have to, always trying to impress.
I was trying to come up with an exit excuse when a gong sounded from above.
I took a deep breath trying to control myself.Advertisement
I knew he wanted to remain close to Julie so I said nothing further about trying to go back.
But I've been trying for days!
I don't mind trying to make your day as good as you make mine.
This man's look was considering, as if he were trying to memorize her features in case he needed the information in the future.
She nodded, trying hard to recover from the latest surprise.Advertisement
Darian's popping in and out stressed her out, and she turned up the TV, trying to lose herself in a movie as she calmed.
She looked unsettled at the idea of leaving her lab and looked around, as if trying to figure out what to take.
His tone was unassuming, but his gaze was intent, as if he were trying to gauge if she recognized him or not.
Um, boss, that Darian guy is trying to walk straight into the town.
With a frown, she wondered why she'd never seen it before, why she wasted seven years trying to make things work with someone who couldn't hold a candle to the man she was meant to be with.Advertisement
Are you even trying to find Bianca?
Just have worse odds, Jule said, trying not to let his own alarm show.
He wasn't sure what her gift was or what she was trying to do, but he'd never met a Natural with her unique combination of power and strength.
Jule turned to see the guardsman sit and begin trying to pull the arrows from his chest.
He focused on it, trying to recall why he felt he should recognize the vamp.Advertisement
In her defense, she thought I was trying to kill her.
I was trying to … I don't know what happened.
Jule was quiet, trying hard to remember something from before the Schism besides brief glimpses of Darian and Damian.
You exiled me for trying to protect the mortal realm.
Her father was dangerous, even if she didn't yet know what he was trying to do.Advertisement
Jule looked around Yully's room, trying to digest everything he was learning about himself.
Look, Lacy, I'm not trying to be difficult.
I'm trying to help you!
The others fanned out, and she suddenly felt like a lamb surrounded by a wolf pack trying to decide what to do with her.
She wrenched away from both men and pressed the heels of her hands against her eyes, trying to stop the visions.
His crying and shifting distracted her from the strange world around her and made her head pulse, as if he were trying to pry his way into her unwilling mind.
Come on, Sofi, I'm trying to help you.
Her head hurt again, this time from trying to digest what he was telling her.
She gritted her teeth and turned to go, trying not to think of how jealous the idea of another woman made her.
She approached and knelt a safe distance from him, trying hard to see into the darkness of the corner.
Sofia stepped out of her way, trying hard to digest what she'd seen.
Jule's going crazy trying to keep up.
She's trying, Damian said.
If Damian knew the woman trying to crawl back into his bed had helped murder his brother, her husband… She couldn't see him over the crowd.
He's like a modern-day king who's in charge of the superheroes trying to beat down the evil villains.
The brunette stood between Traci and Rainy, as if she were trying to broker a peace deal between two warring countries.
She was trying hard to keep her fear away so she could figure out this new world.
She pulled more of him into her, trying to identify the elusive flavor that left her intoxicated.
If Gabriel had killed her while trying to save her, he'd kill the soul in her head, too, the one that damned Deidre to Hell.
She was trying hard not to run.
Deidre took his face in her hands, hungrily trying to taste more of him as she explored his mouth with fervor.
It didn't make sense that nothing could save the girl, or that Darkyn was capable of trying to.
What part of her was able to live with not trying to help spare innocent children?
Any thought she had of trying to make it here faded whenever she saw the desert or thought about how Darkyn manipulated her.
He wasn't trying to numb the pain.
On her way to see Zamon, she stepped into an empty hallway before trying to call a portal.
I've been trying to figure him out for the past few days and have no clue.
I'm trying to do what I feel is right, and I'm terrified that you will hurt him.
I've been trying to think of how to do that.
Deidre stopped trying to control her tears.
Are you trying to be nice?
Stunned, she was silent, trying to digest what he was saying.
I'm trying to figure out how I can want to be with him but not stomach what he does as the Dark One.
They slopped forward, feet sloshing the muddy floor, no longer trying to avoid the water that oozed in rivulets down the narrow passageway, back toward the entrance, now out of sight behind them.
David and Cynthia Dean had experienced little success in trying to secure a more formal arrangement for long term custody of Martha, managing only undocumented assignment as temporary foster parents.
It was unclear if this action was prompted by Patsy Boyd herself or just some do-gooder trying to clear her desk of problems.
Once clear of town, Dean drove along at a brisk clip, trying without success to engage Martha in conversation.
Larkin asked, trying to look down at Martha and at the same time keeping a wary eye on Dean, who was ready to kill her.
I just hope there isn't something truly important she's trying to tell us but is too afraid to say.
She has enough on her mind trying to reestablish some relationship with her mother.
Dean asked, trying to control the quiver in his voice.
Probably a five buck parking ticket he didn't pay fifty years ago and he thinks they're still trying to hunt him down.
Dean sat in the corner, trying to read up on Colorado law as it pertained to the duties of sheriff, but was drawn by politeness and the darkened room to view the exhibit.
Dean was in front of Bird Song, trying to mow the lawn, still blanketed with the moisture of the now-ended drizzle when he remembered his promise to pick up Pumpkin Green and whoever else needed chauffeuring from the pool.
What, are you trying to get me drunk?
Just trying to get you mellow enough to tell me why you've got a bug up your behind.
Both lay awake, trying not to disturb the other while neither slept until hours after the sun finally slipped around the corner to the other side of the world.
He spent the whole evening trying to save my soul.
But if the little bit I've got's not stopping me from trying to multiply it to something better, how can you be worried about this kid of yours?
You're just trying to cheat us.
They were too busy distrusting one another and, for whatever reason, trying to con the other out of the mine.
I keep trying to tell myself that her not telephoning is a good sign.
Dean glanced up, trying to catch his breath and spotted the mine portal before them.
Whoever did that—changed our markings out of the mine—do you think they were trying to kill us?
They weren't trying to kill us outright.
I don't see the harm in Fred trying to find out whose bones Martha found.
I'm just trying to run an inn and keep the guests from killing each other.
Some hick town newspaper said I was the best actor in the cast, but I think he was trying to be funny.
He lost sight of her while trying to find a parking spot.
He was trying to put a move on me, the silly man.
She stared at him, trying to understand.
We're just trying to find out who might be involved in covering up the matter.
Ginger had—maybe is still having—an affair with her husband's brother, and if she isn't sleeping with their attorney it isn't because neither isn't trying.
But the fact that some present-day person was trying to stop them from finding any answers somehow made the mystery more intriguing.
Cynthia scrunched close to Dean's ear, trying to hear the conversation, and offered a word or two as well.
All we were trying to do is respond to a little girl's wishes and find out the identity of the skeleton she found.
Dean tried to isolate the sound, looking frantically in all downward directions, trying to see a trace, a telltale puff of smoke in the gathering dusk.
The road darkened as he entered the trees and he turned on his headlamps, trying to avoid the rocks and boulders that littered the roadway.
With his hands free, he unfastened the larger flashlight and pointed it downward, trying to find a path level enough to search further, now absent the security of the totally expended rope.
Then I slipped trying to rub mud on my pants to cover it up.
I might need a little of that as well, but mostly I'm trying to track down a guy named Josh who worked in mining in Ouray back in the 1960's.
He was trying to get out.
I'm just trying to get at the truth—not get anyone in trouble.
So will you, trying to mush through the state's bureaucratic swamp.
Personally, it wouldn't surprise me if metalman29 is one Dawkins trying to con the other!
Then he added, You might have better luck learning who's been trying to buy the worthless mine and who at Bird Song swiped the itsy-bitsy bone you found.
She scrunched her eyes, trying to remember.
She's just trying it for the fun of it—doing it on a lark.
They continued to watch as the children began tossing small stones at their floating treasure, trying to halt its progress, when the sound of a horn startled them.
I'm not even trying.
I was just trying to stop him!
We located where you were trying to sell it on eBay.
Deidre went back to the pantry, trying to remember what human-Deidre ate.
As she watched Cora, Deidre began to think she'd missed a lot over the past few months despite trying to pay attention to the human world.
She joined them, trying to recall the reason human-Deidre came to these.
She paused, trying to figure out what to tell him.
She was trying hard to control her expression and the flush moving up her features.
They're tearing apart our home, trying to find something they think can remove me from my position.
Unable to sleep, Deidre paced, trying hard to shake the sensations clouding her head.
If it was so simple, Andre wouldn't be trying to drop a hint without betraying the confidence of Deidre.
She didn't understand what her instincts were trying to tell her, but right now, they wanted her to climb a tree to see the lake from above.
You don't have to trust me, but I really am trying to help you.
He liked trying to get a rise out of her, and he really did want to know where they stood in her mind and whether or not he had to worry about her running off to make more deals with Darkyn.
But no longer, because she'd been trying to make sure she never lost him.
This very building was the one Gabriel dived off of in an attempt to keep the terrified human from trying to kill herself.
It lit up her features, and he saw the tiny fangs she was trying to hide.
He flung his head back, trying to remember the last time he'd felt some semblance of peace.
In that moment, the demon lord reminded him of Rhyn when the half-demon was trying not to let his mate soften his mood.
Our path won't be easy, but we didn't spend thousands of years trying to be together not to take the chance we have now.
If both of their mates disappeared, she saw them starting an all-out war rather than trying to find them.
It might drive him to the very arms she was trying to slap away from him.
Carmen asked, trying to establish identity.
Whether he was trying to escape or attack Alex was unclear, but Alex reached the door at the same time the man did.
Her stomach felt as if it were trying to crawl out her mouth.
He squeezed her hand, his eyes desperately trying to tell her something.
The worst thought of all was that Alex had been trying to help her.
Was he trying to humiliate Lori?
They said his pulse rate has increased over night, which might mean he is trying to wake up.
It was frustrating to work with someone who didn't try, but if it had not been for him trying to rescue her, she might be the one on that bed – or in the morgue.
He was trying to tell her something.
Maybe her "hard to get" act wasn't working, so she was trying something a little more direct.
He signed a quest of what was making her cry and she stared mutely at him, frantically trying to think of something.
She pushed away from the wall, trying not to reveal her shame.
I don't want to, she said, trying to rise.
He was trying to communicate – to improve their relationship.
You were trying to push me off the bed.
The doctor says I can talk, but I think he is trying to avoid a law suit.
And then, his face as she held his hand; he was trying to convey something.
At the time she had thought he was trying to express his love.
She was only trying to take care of her cubs.
I worked for over an hour trying to talk.
Maybe because I was trying so hard and consciously trying to make it happen.
Alex twisted uncomfortably in his chair, trying to push back the emotions that memory invoked.
Deidre closed her eyes and rested against him, trying to imagine what the last days of her life would be like.
I'm trying to wrap up everything as fast as I can, Logan said.
A competent, methodical assassin, she didn't make the mistake of trying to collect from someone not on the list.
I didn't mean … you're really trying … um, and doing your best.
Shaking his head, he walked once around the room, trying to determine where she'd hide something he needed.
If I didn't know better, I'd say you're trying to keep a secret.
Finding a mate wasn't a priority, not when he was trying to fix his world.
We're trying to figure out what Darkyn is doing planting a shape-shifter demon on the mortal realm, Rhyn said, referring to the demon lord who wanted both their heads on pikes.
Angry at him again, she realized she'd been trying to work up the courage to break up with him for weeks.
Like, hooking up with a stranger at a bar like they did in movies and a few sex positions she'd been subtly trying to talk him into.
A status check on their relationship, the one he hadn't told her he couldn't have, because he was trapped into mating with a formerly sadistic psychopath-turned-human he was trying hard not to kill.
I did a shit ton of damage trying not to be Katie's mate.
We're still trying to recover from the demon raids last fall.
One of them was brighter than the others, as if trying to draw her attention.
His head was titled to the side, as if he was trying to determine what was wrong with her.
Maybe Gabe hurt Wynn while trying to save her friend from the demons.
At that point, everyone was collecting, or trying to.
He stopped trying to sort through everything.
I was trying to figure out what was there, not to remove it, but to ensure no one else could either.
She was trying hard to push away the gathering emotions that told her Wynn was not the man she wanted, needed him to be.
You mean sociopathic, indiscriminate killers who can't sleep a night in their own beds without someone trying to kill them.
I didn't realize things were bad enough between you and me that you'd trust the man who hurt you over someone trying to help you.
Did you really come here tonight to start trying to win me over?
He'd been trying to walk that fine line all night.
You won't like trying to earn your way out of here, but I will.
They had to be, because mankind had been trying to outsmart Death since the beginning of time.
Trying to convince himself he was too angry to think straight, Jade shook his head and turned away.
She shook her head, trying to clear it of the fog he'd placed there.
He'd long since stopped trying to escape, knowing the magic of Hell and the Dark One was too old for him to break.
One of you was always trying to kill me.
He sat on a boulder near the entrance, as if he were the bouncer trying to prevent someone like her from exiting.
His gaze lingered on her, as if he smelled her perfume and was trying hard to identify it.
She rose, trying hard not to look or touch anything.
The creatures had reached the top of the stairs and were looking around, trying to figure out which way she'd gone.
I want to be happy and not worry about creatures trying to kill me or how often I'll be wandering into one of your massacres!
His gaze slid to the floor, and he shook his head ever so slightly, as if trying to shake free an unpleasant thought.
She'd been trying for years to have his voluntary service revoked.
Isn't he in Hell for trying to wipe out mankind?
She twisted, trying to see him in the dark.
We've been trying to help put her through a good school for her advanced degree, so she can start working some place and make decent money.
He was trying not to let the feel of Katie.s skin heat his blood, but her nearness and direct gaze lit him afire.
Trying to be good.
Without him, Kris felt as if he were alone trying to solve the world.s problems.
It was rumored in Hell that Darkyn was trying to get your precious Katie.
Kiera said nothing, trying to think the best of her friend while anger stirred.
Kiera listened, interested despite trying not to be.
Kiera asked, trying hard to control the anger building within her.
Maybe some spirit is trying to contact us to set things straight.
Then he added, "If it is in code, we're the wrong crowd for trying to break it."
I felt such a strong urge to dress up in this, like a little girl trying to be someone she isn't—fishing in an attic trunk.
It must be distressing, trying to make logical plans about your future.
It was a trying conversation—obvious this bundle of nerves had little experience talking to strangers.
Her skirt rode up her ample body as if it were trying to get away.
Shipton claimed Jerry fell in the water while they were shooting rapids and Shipton himself nearly drowned trying to save him.
Donnie got his skies tangled up, trying to move away.
Dean introduced himself to the large gathering in the parlor, trying without success to remember names.
I can't imagine trying to sleep with just a couple of little steel pegs hammered into the rock the only thing holding me from a couple of thousand foot drop!
Dean asked, trying to hustle Fred along with his drawn out explanation.
You don't suppose Annie is trying to contact us, do you?
Ryland suggested they carry her to his first floor room instead of trying to maneuver her upstairs.
I think he's trying to do his research before Claire gets there.
I've been on climbs in all kinds of weather, some all day, rappelling down at dusk, nearly in the dark, with wind and snow trying to blow me off the wall.
I just strolled around town, trying to imagine Annie doing the same thing, a hundred years ago.
I'm trying to teach one of the Roma girls her letters as she knows nothing of reading or writing.
She paused, trying to find the right words.
He smiled when he said it, and added, Just don't go trying to get fancy.
I been trying to find out some poop about that guy on the Internet but it's a whole lot easier checking out hundred year old folks than living ones.
He comforted her, as best he could, trying to learn what happened.
If I didn't, it wasn't for not trying.
He was trying to toot Cynthia.
Someone cut the son of a bitch's line and I'm the one who's stuck trying to find out who did it.
Everyone was pretty damn busy wrapping him up to haul him out of there, just trying to keep him alive.
Dean supposed this was his idea of being subtle while trying to cut off the open path.
Dean realized from his past experience that being forthcoming and subjecting himself to interrogation without an attorney was naive but the entire idea of his trying to kill Shipton was so ludicrous in his mind, he tended to minimize the seriousness of the situation.
He drove home slowly, trying to understand what had happened.
One night and you're trying to change me already, eh?
I thought you could use this, unless you're trying to starve yourself.
Instead I'm here trying to figure out how this could have happened.
I have nightmares of waking and finding you dead at my feet, and now you are trying to make them real.
He sat for a minute trying to figure out how to fix things, but came up empty.
Trying to get back on your good side.
Sounds like Skippy's trying out his new vamp skills.
I've been trying to reach you for days.
I think she is trying to tell you she won't hurt you.
I suggest we concentrate on you feeling better before trying to figure this out.
The defenses the Exemplars gave us must work for anyone trying to kill us.
You're trying to play matchmaker again, aren't you?
I'm just trying to pry your eyes open.
Who are you trying to impress?
I'm not trying to impress anyone.
She hesitated, trying to think of a good comeback.
I was just trying to make sure he put the water in the correct stalls.
Wasn't this what she was trying to achieve?
That was one place he wouldn't be trying to show her up.
Trying to break your neck?
No, and he wasn't trying to break my neck.
It was ridiculous to stand here, trying to match wits with such a polished salesman.
She followed him to one of the stalls, trying to remember the circumstances of his rejected love.
The scene was total chaos, with goats dashing every which way around the field, trying to avoid the squawking chickens and the fox.
She glanced at the woman, trying a scratchy voice.
Did he think she was trying to say Katie was stupid?
I just thought... well, you must have had a rough time trying to raise her.
Was he trying to buy her back?
I suppose a guy should be careful whose filly he's trying to shoo into his stable - especially when she's still wearing another man's halter.
Was he trying to say he was interested in marriage?
If you're trying to pick a fight, have after it.
Still, if Alex had been trying to get somewhere with her, why wouldn't he have tried with Lori?
Was that what he was trying to tell her?
She stepped back, trying to take the electricity out of the air with a little humor.
She faced him coolly, trying to control her temper.
Carmen had Penny in the stanchion and was straddling her, trying to trim one hoof when the little doe simply lay down.
He was trying to delicately say that he was sterile.
Well, at least she was spared the embarrassment of telling him she still hadn't figured out what God was trying to tell her.
Alex gave up trying to fit the picture into the gap in the box and laid it on top of it.
He replaced his weapons and pulled on new boots, pausing when the net beeped, indicating someone was trying to contact him.
No supplies, no water, no food, hundreds of thousands of refugees trying to survive on nothing.
He was peering closely at the people on the screen, as if trying to assess if there were any survivors.
Greenie's holed up in the hub trying to figure out what to do.
She gave a startled cry and fell back, barely escaping a hand trying to grab her.
She looked around, overwhelmed by the idea of trying to find a way west on her own.
He thought about what Elise said, that she'd been trying to take something west.
Been trying to teach her for weeks, Elise answered without looking up.
What kind of man risked the person he was trying to protect?
I'm trying to figure you out.
He was trying to push her away again, as he had before.
He was trying hard not to smile.
His personal net vibrated, indicating someone was trying to contact him.
I don't think it's worth trying to snow her anymore.
She'd been trying to reconcile his connection to the PMF since discovering the link between him and Brady earlier that day.
She'd been trying to avoid the crushing sense of betrayal building in her breast.
What are you trying to take west?
The helicopter righted itself fast, and she saw the parachute Brady had been trying to release by smashing his fist against the control box in the ceiling.
Lana looked up at the bridge, trying to determine which way it was to shore.
Everyone's trying to survive.
Brady focused on the micro, trying to figure out where Lana might've gone.
We're just trying to keep the people safe for now.
Rumor has it they're trying to revive the East-West War.
Brady scanned the surrounding forest again, trying to figure out which way Lana had gone.
We're trying to figure out which path she took.
Still a lot of us trying to deal with not having light at night or our favorite foods.
Melissa smiled in response, her hands full with a toddler trying to steal another's oranges.
The military is trying to find them all and pull out the supplies before anyone else steals them.
I'd rather see you alive and here than blown to pieces trying to get across the river.
Trying not to blow him up.
But … something is off. She might be trying to fix it.
He gripped the bars of his cell and pressed his face against them, trying to see into the neighboring cells.
She squinted into the jungle, trying to see Andre again. This time, he wasn't there.
Listen, Kris, I'm not trying to be an ass, but logistically and in practicality, there's no reason for us to maintain the Council.
He shook out his shoulders, trying to focus on whatever it was Kiki had been talking about.
No one more than me. I've got to deal with losing him and trying to manage you all.
He closed his eyes, trying to wake himself up.
Kris blinked, trying to figure out what the deity wanted.
Deidre shifted with a grunt. Katie sat back on her haunches, not sure what to do when she couldn't see what she was trying to cut. Deidre was shaking as hard as Katie was, and Katie crept closer for body heat.
Katie asked. She settled next to the trapped woman, trying hard to keep her mind off how cold she was. She was grateful for company, even if Deidre seemed as lost as she was.
I do my best, but I'm as flawed as any Immortal. I just hope our brothers see that I'm trying.
Eternity at the day job I was trying so hard to leave.
I had a little bit of make-up and was trying to decide how much to put on.
Norfolk wants us to dig around up here before they go busting their backsides trying to drag the Chesapeake Bay for a body.
During this trying time, the funeral and the days that followed, Dean stayed with Fred O'Connor in the Collingswood Avenue house Fred and Dean's mother had rented after their marriage.
Maybe they'd question it less if he'd stop trying to pick up pretty men at gay bars.
I'm just trying to be thorough.
Dean grumbled some sort of agreement, trying to keep the edge from his voice, as he turned and climbed the stairs to change.
Dean was knee-deep in a dream, trying to pull his Visa card away from Jeffrey Byrne, who was sitting on a cloud playing a harp, when his bedroom was suddenly filled with light.
The poor guy's probably some henpecked bank teller who rented this place trying to shack up with a honey and struck out.
Dean asked, trying to keep it light.
As soon as he had lost the tail, he was sorry, sorry he'd played games and ditched it instead of trying to find out who was following him.
Then stop trying to get in my head and work harder at getting in my pants.
If someone were trying to get a line on the whereabouts of Vinnie Baratto, they would all have to exercise more caution driving to the Pocono hideout.
She was sobbing uncontrollably and he pulled her soaked frame up to him, trying to wrap his raincoat around her shaking body.
The Ice Lady, Linda Segal, was going full bore at the Sentinel, trying to convince her reading public that the poor lad might have been saved had the local police properly conducted the search for the missing boy in a timely fashion.
So, I haven't hit yet but I'm still trying.
Dean, are you trying to put a move on my wife?
Dean said as the others returned to work, Rita shaking her head in disgust and Harrigan trying to talk on the phone by sticking a finger in one ear.
I've got a lawyer!" and yelled over his shoulder, "Hey, Arthur, they're trying to kill me!