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    to fail + Infinitive / not fail + Infinitive

    Dear teachers,

    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.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: to fail + Infinitive / not fail + Infinitive

    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?

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