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Success failure effort belief

Posted by on November 22nd, 2017 | 1 comment | challenge, dictionary, IELTS, Indo English, Part 3, speaking, Task 2, vocabulary, word forms, writing

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.

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

Budi is a failure as a runner. He fails every time he enters a race. Ever since he began running he has been a failure. As a child he failed. As a teenager he failed, and now as a middle age man he continues to fail. He believes his constant failure 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 succeed, a runner needs to make an effort to maintain the correct lifestyle and to maintain a belief in winning. It is only when we believe we will win that we can avoid failure and achieve success.


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.

One response to “Success failure effort belief”

  1. Betharia Noor Indah Sari says:

    Selamat siang, Pak Guru. I don’t know if you can view every visitor’s result but I get 19/19. No. 1 and 7 got me confused for a second there. Oh, I think it is a little unfair, though. I mean, why does Budi have to ‘have been a failure’ his whole life just because of his love for bakso and white rice? Bill could have been a burger lover and sucked, too, for all we know. ((¯ ヘ ¯) Grumpy in tiny)

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