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    Expectations!

    What's the opposite of "meet one's expectations?"

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    Re: Expectations!

    Quote Originally Posted by RoseSpring View Post
    What's the opposite of "meet one's expectations?"
    It's to "not meet one's expections" or to "fail to meet one's expectations"!

    I went to a restaurant last night. Everyone else told me that it's a great restaurant but it didn't meet my expectations.

    She went to see a film which was meant to be fantastic - it even won five Oscars - but if failed to meet her expectations.

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    Re: Expectations!

    Thank you very much indeed.

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    Re: Expectations!

    What about "not to live up" ?

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    Re: Expectations!

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    "to not" is not good English.
    You should use "not to", as euncu did.

    Cheers!

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    Re: Expectations!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    "to not" is not good English.
    You should use "not to", as euncu did.

    Cheers!
    That's why I didn't put the first "to" inside the quotation marks. When it's used in a sentence it would become, for example "didn't meet" (rather than "didn't to meet") so the "not" part is within the phrase. However, I take your point!

    On sort of the same note, in that case, Euncu's would be "not to live up to", as opposed to "not to live up".

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