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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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People (or chickens) who successfully infiltrate usually relay their success by saying "I'm in."
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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.
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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 08:11. Reason: emsr2d2's reply