Revision of the journal "Translation" (which I wrote yesterday)

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Jul 25, 2009 02:49 phrase-selection
(a) If I could speak English as well as he, I would try to study abroad.
(b) If I could speak English as well as he, I would try to find a way to study abroad.

I feel (b) makes sense, but (a) sounds strange.

The reason why I feel so is like this:

When someone "tries to do something", the person makes efforts to complete the action. In this situation, considering the writer actually doesn't have the enough command of English to go abroad for study, it's impossible to complete his studying abroad.


Are these understandings right?




Thank you in advance!!