Sometimes, English learners confuse “challenge” and “try.” Let’s have a look at how to use these words.
Challenge is used as a verb and means to invite someone to engage in a competition. We usually use challenge + [person].
- I challenge you to a game of tennis.
- Little Bobby challenged his friends to a bicycle race.
- Romney challenged Obama in the last election.
A person can challenge another person, but not an object. If you want to talk about an object, use try:
- I want to try the TOEFL exam this year. Not, “I want to challenge the TOEFL exam…”
- Jack said he wants to try snowboarding. Not, “…wants to challenge snowboarding.”
Challenge is also used as noun, and in its noun form can be used to talk about objects:
- The TOEFL exam is a challenge, but I think I can do well on it.
- Jack faced many challenges working overseas.
So the main point is that you can challenge someone, or you can try to do something:
- I’m going to try taking the TOEIC exam.
- I want to challenge Jack to a round of golf.
Have you challenged someone recently? Have you tried to take the TOEIC or TOEFL? Leave a comment and let me know!
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