Last week, my friends and I went fishing. I heard two people talking beside us while fishing. I don't know them and will name them A and B. This is what they said.

A: How long have you been fishing today?

B: two hours

A: Have you caught any fish?

B: No, but I am trying to.

B finished his sentence with "to". Don't you need a verb after "to". Is it grammatically correct not to add a verb after it? Please explain it. Thank you very much.


Yes it makes sense and is grammatically correct. It's essentially short for:

No, but I am trying to catch some fish

In general:

Question: Have you [done action/activity A]?

Answer: No, but I'm trying to [do action/activity A].

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