What is wrong with this sentence?

I wrote -

I tried my hands again on my bicycle.

My teacher corrected to

I tried my hand again at riding my bicycle.

Confusion -

hands v.s hand - Why it is hand and not hands?

on my bicycle vs. at riding my bicycle?

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    Try [one's] hand at X is a fixed idiom; hand here has the figurative sense of "skill", so the idiom means "test [one's] skill at X". The figure is a metonymy. Jun 12, 2016 at 23:19
  • What were you trying to say in the original phrase? "tried my hands" isn't meaningful literally.
    – user3169
    Jun 12, 2016 at 23:57

1 Answer 1


Try my hand is an idiom meaning to try to do something. You can read more about it here:


Try my hands is not an idiomatic expression, and if you say this, it might be a little confusing to people.

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