Student or Learner
Would you be kind enough to explain to me the following paradox?
The combination of the verb “to fail” in its affirmative form + Infinitive of another verb has negative connotation. For example “The sellers failed to ship the goods”. = “The sellers did not ship the goods.”
The combination of the verb “to fail”in its negative form + Infinitive of another verb has a positive connotation. For example: “We will not fail to send you some copies of the catalogue.”
On the other hand there are a few further examples without usage of an Infinitive of another verbs:
The negotiations failed.
The company failed last year.
Thank you for your efforts.
To fail - to be ineficient or lacking something, to perform ineffectively or inadequately.
The sellers failed to ship the goods = They were not successful in shipping the goods.
The negotiations failed = The negotiations were unsuccessful.
What do you not understand, exactly?