Sorry. That confusing title was the only way I knew to explain my question here. I have a question about the word "tried." Here's an example to illustrate: "He tried to convince the others of his point of view." "He tried convincing the others of his point of view." Which tense do we use? Do we follow the word "tried" with a present tense verb (or gerund) or an infinitive? Or is it an either-or situation? Also, let me know if I'm wrong about them being a present tense verb and an infinitive. Or if this is a really convoluted question.