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    Suppose a school has a name like "Successful Public School ". What would be the opposite of it? Can both "Failed" and "Unsuccessful" work here?

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    Re: Unsuccessful

    A school may be referred to as 'successful', but that is not its name. Alver Grammar School (the name) is a successful school.

    If a school does not reach certain standards in England, it is deemed to be a failing school.
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    Re: Unsuccessful

    Quote Originally Posted by Untaught88 View Post
    Suppose a school has a name like "Successful Public School ".
    That's not at all natural in English.

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    Re: Unsuccessful

    It sounds like the kind of name that might be given to a string of national schools in some dysfunctional dictatorship, where none of the citizens is allowed to ever consider that something might a failure.

    Yesterday, in Successful Public School number eight, students successfully launched a rocket into Space. On Tuesday, at Successful Public School number twenty-three, every student passed the school exam and they all achieved 100% correct answers.

    Needless to say, in such a country, there would never be a school named "Unsuccessful Public School" because that would be an admission of failure.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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