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    fail her at math

    Hi,

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/fail_1

    b) [transitive] to decide that someone has not passed a test or examination:

    - Her work was so bad that I had no choice but to fail her.

    I would like to ask if we can use 'at' before, for example, 'math':

    - I had no choice but to fail her at math.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: fail her at math

    I had no choice but to fail her in math.

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    #3

    Re: fail her at math

    I am not a teechar.

    Or, maths.

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    #4

    Re: fail her at math

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I am not a teechar.

    Or, maths.
    Roman is making jokes. There's no S at the end of math, and teacher isn't spelled teechar.

    It's a great question. In versus at can be tricky.

    I failed her in math, but she beat me at tennis.


    Just keep listening, reading, and visiting us. These kinds of questions sort themselves out in time.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #5

    Re: fail her at math

    I am not a teacher.

    The 'joke' was a reference to poster #2, whose post inspired mine.

    Maths was not a joke. That's what we say in BrE.

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    #6

    Re: fail her at math

    That's interesting. I suppose it's in reference to mathematic(s). In the US, we never say maths. We say math or mathematics.


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