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    To awake or to awaken

    Hi everyone,

    My friend told me that this sentence is wrong:-

    She failed to wake her.

    and that I should say:-

    She fails to awaken her.

    I think both sentences are correct but I don't know why. Can anyone tell me?

    Thanks

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    Re: To awake or to awaken

    Quote Originally Posted by crazyaboutenglish View Post
    Hi everyone,

    My friend told me that this sentence is wrong:- Context would help but:

    She failed to wake her. OK; this morning, yesterday, last week etc.

    and that I should say:-

    She fails to awaken her. Always, Every day OR, In describing what happens, for example in a movie, "....then he kisses her gently on the cheek, but fails to awaken her."

    I think both sentences are correct but I don't know why. Can anyone tell me?

    Thanks
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