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    Have I used the word in bold correctly?

    "My efforts have not borne fruition." I'm trying to convey that my efforts have not payed off in the I would like.

    If there is a more concise way of expressing that, like always, I would appreciate your input.

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    They come to fruition or they bear fruit. It's not borne fruition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    They come to fruition or they bear fruit. It's not borne fruition.
    Thank you, SoothingDave!

    So, it would be more correct to say, "My efforts have not come to fruition," or "my efforts have not bore fruit."

    When would it be correct to use "have not borne fruition"? Or is it just grammatically wrong?

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    Fruition | Define Fruition at Dictionary.com

    It's semantically wrong. "Fruition" is the state of bearing fruit. So you don't "bear fruition," the "bearing" is already included in the concept of "fruition."

    "Come to fruition" is the normal phrase.

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    Both "My efforts have not come to fruition." and "My efforts have not borne fruit." are perfectly fine.

    You will never say "My efforts have not borne fruition." It's just wrong.

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