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Success failure effort belief

Posted by on November 22nd, 2017 | 3 responses | 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.

3 responses to “Success failure effort belief”

  1. Anime Lover says:

    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 winner. 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 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 loser. As a teenager he failed, and now as a middle age man he continues to fail. He believes his constant failures 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 success in winning. It is only when we believe we will win that we can avoid failed and achieve success.

    • mm pakguru says:

      Almost nailed it! Ok I’m going to wait another day or two and see if anyone else can do better. ‘Correct answer’ coming soon! 😉

    • mm pakguru says:

      Hi Anime Lover! I’ve posted the solution in a new post. You’ll see that for the most part you chose the right word forms. You wrote ‘he loser’. OK, so ‘loser’ is a word that we might use in this context, but it’s rather informal, and you would need more grammar: ‘..he was a loser.’ You also wrote ‘constant failures to win’, but although ‘failure’ can be countable, it is uncountable when it is part of this lexical phrase – ‘failure to win’. Next we needed the collocation ‘a belief in (something)’, and finally ‘avoid’ is followed by a noun. But anyways good try and definitely not a ‘fail’! 😉

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