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    Failed?

    Hi, Can you say:

    "If your dish failed, we can always order out"

    Thanks

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    Re: Failed?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheShadow View Post
    Hi, Can you say:

    "If your dish failed, we can always order out"

    Thanks
    "If your dish failed, we could always order out"
    "If your dish fails we can always order out"

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    Re: Failed?

    If my dish failed I would think my TV wasn't working.

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    Re: Failed?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    If my dish failed I would think my TV wasn't working.
    Not a cook then?

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    Re: Failed?

    I have a feeling we can/would say "we can order in" as well as/instead of "we can order out". "We can order take-out" works too. In BrE, that's normally "we can get a takeaway".

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    Re: Failed?

    I don't think you would ever hear "failed" used in that context in AmE.

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    Re: Failed?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    I don't think you would ever hear "failed" used in that context in AmE.
    This speaker of BrE would be unlikely to use it.

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    Re: Failed?

    About the only dish I can think of which is commonly referred to with "succeeded" or "failed" is a soufflé.

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