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    had exceptional promise fail

    Hi,

    Could anyone tell me if the phrase below is grammatically correct? I can't figure out the functions of the underlined words, seems there is something lost. (maybe "ed" at the end of "fail")

    I have seen a quite a few candidates who had exceptional promise fail because they did not have a supportive enviroment at home.

    From the book "So You Want to be an Insurance Agancy"

    Thanks a lot in advance

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    Re: had exceptional promise fail

    I think it is correct because 'see' is a verb of perception, so the bare infinitive 'fail' is used after its object.
    I would delete 'a' before 'quite a few'.
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    Re: had exceptional promise fail

    Please name the author of the book.

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    Re: had exceptional promise fail

    I have seen quite a few candidates who had shown exceptional promise fail because they did not have a supportive enviroment at home.


    ​The sentence makes sense to me with the "shown" added.
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    Re: had exceptional promise fail

    I consider the past perfect unnecessary.
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