If I had continued more to attempt, ... (1)
If I had continued to attempt more, ... (2)
My professor said that you can just intensify the verb attempt, not continue. I suppose that's true.What would the phrase "continue more" mean? It doesn't make any sense! The verb "continue" includes the concept of "more." It means that you are going to do more of something.
In another hand,
In the first you intensify the verb continued In the second you give the priority to the verb attempt.
If you think that the results to achive is connected to the fact you are continuously doing the effort, then the right choise is the first sentence. Otherwise if you think that the main action is to attempt, then you should use the second one.
In the first way you lack of perseverance, in the second way you lack of strenght, probably the better way to put that, should be: If I had continued to attempt, ...
So, would you tell me which of them is correct?