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    What verb should I use to express success of infiltration?

    Dear teachers,
    I ran across an expression, which reads: "Infiltration complete". It is meant to be striking; something of a one-liner in an advertisement.
    I am having a little problem with the word "complete". It does not feel right. What would, though?
    Certainly "infiltration successful", then I thought of "infiltration achieved", but that also sounds wrong: I do not think infiltration can be achieved.
    If you tell me that "successful" is ok, then I will be happy. If not, please suggest other possibilities, however I would like to keep the word order.
    Thank you very much.

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    Re: What verb should I use to express success of infiltration?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jigster View Post
    Dear teachers,
    I ran across an expression, which reads: "Infiltration complete". It is meant to be striking; something of a one-liner in an advertisement.
    I am having a little problem with the word "complete". It does not feel right. What would, though?
    Certainly "infiltration successful", then I thought of "infiltration achieved", but that also sounds wrong: I do not think infiltration can be achieved.
    If you tell me that "successful" is ok, then I will be happy. If not, please suggest other possibilities, however I would like to keep the word order.
    Thank you very much.
    What is the context?

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    Re: What verb should I use to express success of infiltration?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What is the context?
    A drawing of a chicken on stilts among flamengos.

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    Re: What verb should I use to express success of infiltration?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jigster View Post
    A drawing of a chicken on stilts among flamengos.
    I think "successful" is fine. Another possibility is "accomplished'. The birds are "flamingos" in English.

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    Re: What verb should I use to express success of infiltration?

    People (or chickens) who successfully infiltrate usually relay their success by saying "I'm in."

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    Re: What verb should I use to express success of infiltration?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    People (or chickens) who successfully infiltrate usually relay their success by saying "I'm in."
    That's true of people, but that would not be understood by many people in the context of this cartoon.

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    Re: What verb should I use to express success of infiltration?

    I have no problem with the use of "complete" in the original. "Successful" works too. They suggest that infiltration took a while but that process has now been completed.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: What verb should I use to express success of infiltration?

    Thank you for your replies.
    I would like to elaborate on the word "infiltration". How is it that it can be used with "successful" and not really with "complete"? Infiltration is a process, not a state, right? So it should be able to be complete as well as successful. Is it just a matter of "sounding right" or is there some science behind it? I use my gut on a daily basis in these situation so I would be fine with it.
    EDIT: I started writing before emsr2d2 replied. Just letting you know, because the post would lack sense a little.
    Last edited by Jigster; 06-Mar-2014 at 09:11. Reason: emsr2d2's reply

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    Re: What verb should I use to express success of infiltration?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The birds are "flamingos" in English.
    Or 'flamingoes'.

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