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    fail to as not do or not succeed?

    "Fail to" seems to have to meanings of "not do" and "not succeed" How can you tell the difference? The following seems to mean "not do", but "not succeed" at the same time.
    ex)You will be sorry if you fail to save for the future.

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    Re: fail to as not do or not succeed?

    This would be confusing even to native speakers, I guess.

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    Re: fail to as not do or not succeed?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    "Fail to" seems to have to meanings of "not do" and "not succeed" How can you tell the difference? The following seems to mean "not do", but "not succeed" at the same time.
    ex)You will be sorry if you fail to save for the future.
    The context will generally give the meaning.
    Generally, failing or not succeeding implies an attempt. But that's not necessarily true. You can fail in someting because you didn't try.

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