Which is correct:
"My attempt at art" or "My attempt of art"?

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My attempt at art

This phrase is correct. Use the preferred form instead.

Preferred Form:
Attempt at

My attempt of art

This phrase is not correct. Don't use it.

Preposition Use:Attempt can be either a noun or a verb. When it is a verb it is paired with the preposition to (I attempted to jump across the puddle). When it is a noun, it is paired with the preposition at and a verb (My attempt at making pasta was a success).

Preferred Form:
Attempt at

Attempt at art is the correct phrase. In this example, attempt is a noun so it must be used with the preposition at.


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