Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

fail to do something

fail to do
1) to fall short of completing sth
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    • fail to appreciate/attend/complete
  • Analysis
    To fail to do something can mean to be unsuccessful in attempting to do something. for example, 'the government have failed to do anything about rising interest rates'. To fail to do something can also mean not doing something that you are obligated or expected to do. 'She failed to show up to work on time for the third day in a row.'
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The wife got upset with her husband when he failed to appreciate everything she did for him.
    2. The candidate was removed from consideration for the job when he failed to attend his interview.
    3. It's always disappointing when someone fails to live up to your expectations.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. He failed to carry out the instructions as requested which is a cause of concern for the department.
    2. We failed to do what we set out to achieve however some benefits were gained along the way.
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