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    Fail At/On

    Suppose someone made a video to rally support for some project, but the video was poorly done and no one was convinced. I think I could write:

    a. He failed on this video."
    b. He failed at this video."

    Should it be "at" or "on"?

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    Re: Fail At/On

    I prefer 'in' or 'with'.

    'on' video refers to the medium- or it used to, when video tape was introduced. Today, the term video has come to include all electronic media. 'The story is on video- not on film or live.' The content of the video is what failed, and content is in the medium.

    Hard to imagine using at with video, unless the person did a very poor job of creating the video. 'He wanted to make a video, but he wasn't very good at it.'

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    Re: Fail At/On

    Suppose, despite the poorly made video, he got funding for that project, but then made a mess of the project. I could write:

    a. He failed on this project."
    b. He failed at this project."

    Would it be safe to bet my money on b) being correct?

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    Re: Fail At/On

    I will go with "in" in your example.

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