I was wondering if someone could tell me the difference between the following sentences:

  • Try this cake
  • Try this cake out

I guess the second sentence mean the same as the first one, but the second one is a bit informal.

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In general, these are very similar. To try something out means you are sampling it and judging its performance. Hence you can also say, try someone out (see how they do at a particular task).

For food, I don't think that you can use "out" though. Maybe officially you can, but in practice, this sounds very strange to me:

Try this chicken out

For food, you should just use

Try this chicken

On the other hand, if you're talking about a new restaurant, either version works

We should try out the new Chinese place down the block!


We should try the new Chinese place down the block!


When we "try something out", we use it to see if it works as it should or if it meets our expectations.

When we "try something" we sample it (eat a piece of it, take a go at it if it's an activity).

We might try out a cake recipe, but we would try the cake.

Complicating matters, if a speaker in his mind is thinking "cake recipe" (of if the conversation is about cake recipes) he might say:

I'm going to try out this cake.

What he says is not exactly what he means. By "this cake", he means making this cake according to some recipe.


I think it depends of context. For example try this cake just means test this cake.
try this cake out makes it a little bit different since you can try a cake to see whether you like it or want to buy it. For instance, I tried this cake out before I bought it. (But which place or who allow this? It's weird.)

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