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    failed to reach vs didn't reach

    North Korea and the US-led United Nations Command yesterday failed to reach an agreement on holding high-level talks on the sinking of a South Korea warship, the Command said.
    Can I replace the phrase "failed to reach" in the sentence by "didn't reach"?
    Is there any difference in meaning between them?

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    Re: failed to reach vs didn't reach

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    North Korea and the US-led United Nations Command yesterday failed to reach an agreement on holding high-level talks on the sinking of a South Korea warship, the Command said.
    Can I replace the phrase "failed to reach" in the sentence by "didn't reach"?
    Is there any difference in meaning between them?
    No.

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    Re: failed to reach vs didn't reach

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    No.
    Could you tell me why? I don't see what is wrong here.

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    Re: failed to reach vs didn't reach

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Could you tell me why? I don't see what is wrong here.
    "North Korea and the US-led United Nations Command yesterday didn't reach an agreement on holding high-level talks on the sinking of a South Korea warship, the Command said."
    This is an unnatural sentence.

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    Re: failed to reach vs didn't reach

    Whilst it is certainly true that they didn't reach an agreement, the phrase "failed to reach" expresses more the idea that they tried but were not successful. It's a much more negative result than they hoped for.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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