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What are the differences of prepositions after "do my best"?

Lena Mueller Lena Mueller (0) on 10/03/15

Hello. I have a question.

Can you say "I'll do my best at V-ing", "I'll do my best to V" and "I'll do my best on N"?

What are those differences and how do you use them?

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Here are some thoughts that come to mind quickly:

I'll do my best to do something. (I'll do my best to be there on time. I'll do my best to do what you want me to do. I'll do my best to finish before 5:00. I'll do my best to help you. I'll do my best to do well on the exam. ) These examples all have to do with saying that I will try very hard to do the best that I can in accomplishing a specific action.

I'll do my best at doing something. (I do my best at being there on time. I'll do my best at doing what you want me to do. I'll do my best at finishing before 5:00. I'll do my best at helping you. I'll do my best at doing well on the exam.)

Now that I've said them to myself this way, they sound o.k. to me, too. The "at" expressions just didn't come as quickly or naturally to me as the "to" expressions.

I'll do my best on some thing. (I'll do my best on the exam. I'll do my best on the ...) Options here come even less quickly and naturally to mind for me.

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Lena Mueller Lena Mueller (0) on 12/03/15

Thank you very much for the good explanation. I appreciate it.

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