Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

road to (failure/ruin)/pathway to success

road to successroad to failureroad to ruinpathway to successpathway to failure
1) route to a specific end
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • on the road/pathway to success/failure/ruin
  • Analysis
    The road or path to something or somewhere refers to a process or series of events that lead to something or achieve something. A road to failure or ruin, for example, would be a series of actions or decisions that lead to negative results or total failure. A 'road to success' however would be a series of good decisions or practices that result in success. These are all established informal phrases that can be used in social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. If he keeps drinking and partying the way he does, he'll wind up on a road to ruin. He'll never achieve what he wants.
    2. If I can finish the course I'll be set up on the pathway to success.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Dedication, attention to detail, and ambition are qualities that will put new employees on the road to success.
    2. The road to success is often bumpy and rarely smooth.
    3. Just get stuck in and keep your head down and you'll be on the pathway to success.
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