Key Word: omission

1 Verb+ failure

Use the remedy species of these verbs 😛 TAGEND

admit introduced (…) down to

blame criticise

end in feel

I ___________ such a los! That’s the third time I’ve tried to pass my driving test. The government has been widely ___________ for its failure to cut hospital waiting lists. The attempt to climb K2 without oxygen ___________ collapse. The climbers had to turn back when they were only three hundred metres from the summit. The easy way out is to ____________ others for our omissions. We should all face up to our own drawbacks. Soul are often extremely proud to _____________ flop and ask for help. He __________ the failings of his business _____________ tough luck , not bad management.

2 Adjective collocations

We use a number of adjectives to emphasise failure. Match the two halves of these situations 😛 TAGEND

The position block had expenditure millions, but nothing was interested in renting powers so far from the city centre. My older brother always did brilliantly at institution and university, The hospital simply wouldn’t listen to what we had to say about the care of our child. After three hours of heated discussion, we had got nowhere, so we all went home. It used to be that if you hadn’t got married by the age of twenty-five, The scheme to recruit more business people into teaching never went off the sand.

a you were considered a total failure as a woman.

b It was a total failure. The bribe simply wasn’t high enough to entice them.

c The intersect had been a sad failure.

d We were stymie by their total failure to understand the nature of our complaint.

e The totality organization was a costly failure.

f so, although I did quite well, I always felt a comparative failure.

3 Noun+ of+ failure

Use these nouns in the following sentences 😛 TAGEND

risk impression catalogue history fear

The health service in this country has a long _________ of outage. _________ of disappointment is one of the main reasons many students don’t perform in examinations to the best of their ability.

I have to admit there is a slight _________ of flop with this type of operation. It’s only about 5 %, but it’s still a risk. Sir Michael’s time as Minister has just been one long _________ of flops. It’s very important not to give children a _________ of downfall.

4 Noun+ failure

Complete the sentences below with these nouns 😛 TAGEND

business middle supremacy crop

A sequence of_________ failures has led to widespread famine. It was a _________ failing which dashed the city into darkness last-place night. She died of _________ los. The decline in the economy led to an increase in _________ failures of over 50% last year.


1. In 1-3′ resulted in’ is also possible.

2. Note the underlined express 😛 TAGEND

The attempt to save the men captured on board the submarine was doomed to failure right from the start.

Frank is still coming to expressions with the failure of his marriage.

3. Accidents are often caused by’ mechanical failure’ of some kind 😛 TAGEND

The official report on the rail crash accused mechanical omission as the main cause of the accident

4. Note the preposition in this expression 😛 TAGEND

My father was a complete failure as a salesman.



feel 2. criticised 3. ended in 4. condemn 5. declare 6. give … down to


1 -e 2-f 3-d 4-c 5-a 6-b

Ex 3: 1. autobiography 2. Fear 3. gamble 4. catalogue 5. sense

Ex 4: liter. harvest 2. dominance 3. stomach 4. business

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