Success failure effort belief

These words – success, failure, effort, belief – take different forms and collocate strongly with other words.

Indonesian flag They’re also problematic for Indonesian scholars. Success has become sukses, effort is translated from upaya, and belief is subject to the same word form error as life (see note below).

Use a dictionary to complete the following text with suitable forms of these words.


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failed, effort, succeed, fail, success, belief, failure, fails, successful, believe, successfully

Bill is a (1) olympic runner. He has won several gold medals and has achieved (2) in many other competitions. Ever since he was a child, he has always been a (3) . Last year he (4) broke several world records. What does he think are the factors influencing his (5) ? Clean living, plenty of training, and of course the desire to (6) !

Budi is a (7) as a runner. He (8) every time he enters a race. Ever since he began running he has been a (9) . As a child he (10) . As a teenager he (11) , and now as a middle age man he continues to (12) . He believes his constant (13) to win may be related to his fondness for nightclubs and the fact that he eats nothing but bakso (with white rice, of course).

It seems that in order to (14) , a runner needs to make an (15) to maintain the correct lifestyle and to maintain a (16) in winning. It is only when we (17) we will win that we can avoid (18) and achieve (19) .

Indonesian flag Note to Indonesian scholars

  • In English effort is a noun (not a verb). So what is a good translation for mengupaya untuk..?
  • Word form errors made with belief and believe are the same as errors made with life and live.