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"go all out " and "try sb's best" I consider the following two expressions are the same: 1.Now he is in trouble, we should go all out to help him. 2.Now he is in trouble, we should try our best to help him. If so, is that mean "go all out" is identical with "try sb's best"? Are they interchangeable in any occasion? Which one is more formal?
Jun 14, 2013 2:58 AM
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They do mean approximately the same thing, but there is a difference in degree. Moreover, sometimes "try one's best" may in fact be used to avoid promising to get the job done. "Go all out" unequivocally means to do everything that is possible to achieve a goal. Depending on the tone and context, "try one's best" can actually mean "we will do what we can (but we can't guarantee anything)." For example, when A asks B to do something, and B has reservations about the request, B might say, "well, I'll try my best." In this scenario, B obviously isn't really "going all out" to accomplish what was asked of him. Between the two, I would say "go all out" is more colloquial (i.e., less formal) than "try one's best."
June 14, 2013
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Chinese (Mandarin), English
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