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    The negotiations had failed

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    The negotiations had failed because both leaders were digging their heels in.

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    Re: The negotiations had failed

    Try The negotiations failed because of both leaders' intransigence.
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    Re: The negotiations had failed

    GoesStation,
    To my ears "intransigence" sounds too formal. Do you know some other phrase I could use in my sentence?

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    Re: The negotiations had failed

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    GoesStation,
    To my ears "intransigence" sounds too formal. Do you know some other phrase I could use in my sentence?
    It's pretty typical in journalistic English. You could say The negotiations failed because both leaders refused to compromise. "Dug in their heels" means the same thing but, to my ear, demands more explanation. You could use it if this sentence follows a narration describing the negotiations.
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    Re: The negotiations had failed

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    To my ears "intransigence" sounds too formal.
    To mine, 'dug in their heels' sounds too informal.

    GS has given you two excellent alternatives.

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