01. He was killed while [attempting] to cross the Pacific Ocean in a hot air balloon.
02. Sony Corp. has begun an aggressive new marketing campaign in an [attempt] to become the number one seller of VCRs in North America.
03. The youth made an [attempt] to climb out the window while the teacher wasn't looking, but was caught.
04. BBC television has learned that an [attempt] has just been made on the life of the prime pinister.
05. You have to at least make an [attempt] even if you think you won't be successful.
06. Bailey is making an [attempt] on his own world record.
07. The [attempted] coup in Sierra Leone has been thwarted by government forces.
08. Joseph Heller once wrote, "He had decided to live forever or die in the [attempt]."
09. A young girl drowned while [attempting] to save her little brother, who had fallen into the river.
10. He was charged with [attempted] murder after shooting a man during a bank robbery.
11. The American military [attempted] to train bats to carry small bombs during the Second World War.
12. If you [attempted] to count the stars in a galaxy at a rate of one every second, it would take around 3,000 years to count them all.
13. Studies show that it takes an average of five [attempts] for an adult to successfully quit smoking.
14. Mountain climbers from many countries come to Argentina to [attempt] to climb the Andes.
15. On October 7, 1991, the presidential palace in Croatia's capital city of Zagreb was hit by rockets, in an assassination [attempt] on the President.
16. A Dutch proverb notes that he who [attempts] too much seldom succeeds.
17. In November of 1872, Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for [attempting] to vote in an American presidential election.
18. In 866, after several [attempts], the Vikings captured the city which is known today as York.
19. Early [attempts] to teach chimpanzees to speak were unsuccessful because the animals lack the necessary vocal equipment.
20. In order to understand our earth and the processes which operate upon it, one must [attempt] to comprehend time spans of millions of years.
21. I have [attempted] to contact him, but he hasn't returned my calls.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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