"To strive", applicable to a longer-term aim than merely going to sleep, is a verb most often found in the elevated language of some (period) literature, weighty speeches, or books on self improvement:
- I shall strive to gain her eternal love.
- We strive for victory.
- Strive to become the person you are meant to be.
[Posted 27 Feb 2019 09:56 UTC; ed. 29 Nov 2019 15:55]
My wife is trying to fall asleep doesn't work well in English: the two verbs trying and fall don't fit together. Good (UK) English:
- My wife is trying to go to sleep.
- My wife is trying to get to asleep. (OK when spoken, though in the UK we're taught to avoid get whenever possible.)
To fall is an involuntary or accidental activity, something that happens to someone, not something one can try to do. Compare the sentences
- She fell asleep on the sofa shortly before her favourite TV detective revealed the murderer.
- He walked too close to the edge, slipped, and fell off the cliff.
- He is trying to fall off the cliff. [sounds weird]
- He is trying to jump off the cliff. [but maybe can't find the courage]
- He is trying to have an accident. [an ironic/sarcastic comment on "his" reckless behaviour]
[Posted 27 Feb 2019 10:32 UTC; ed. 29 Nov 2019 22:33 UTC]