6. Success and failure

6. Success and failure

Bill bumps into an old school friend.

Main Practice:  success and failure
Revision:             narrative tenses  -  (to) meet up

accomplished  -  succeeded in doing something *Can be an adjective, i.e.
  • She's an accomplished pianist = she's highly skilled at playing the piano. 

achieved  -  succeeded in doing something, i.e.
  • He achieved having his own company before the age of thirty. 

a bit of trouble  -  (informal) problems coping, i.e.
  • They're having a bit of trouble controlling their teenage children at the moment.
to cope with  -  to successfully deal with a challenge or difficulty, i.e.
  • She's copes well with managing the shop.

didn't succeed -             failed

dramatic improvement - big improvement, i.e.
  • There's been a dramatic improvement in the city's air quality after they limited traffic.

excellent grasp  - a very good understanding, (often of a diffiult topic) i.e.
  • She has an excellent grasp of Einstein's physics.  

targets - aims


Bill has * bumped into his old school friend, James; they haven't met for a long time and exchange news about their families.
* to meet by coincidence, or accident.

Complete the sentences.

       And how're your children doing, James?

James:  Well, Tom in getting the grades he needed for
                university so he's taking his exams again. He's
                with his studies so I'm sure there'll be a when
                he retakes the exams.

Bill:       And what about Sarah?

James:  She's doing very well. When she went to university she had all
               these and she's every one.
               She manages the PR department for an advertising company and
               last year accomplished her dream of having a novel published. Now,
               how about your Katie and Tim?

Bill:       Well, Katie did well in her exams and got into Durham University
                to study Law. Tim's in his final year of high school. He had a bit of
                trouble at first, with the maths A-level course, but it's
                easier for him now. He's got an of French, though,
                and is considering doing languages at university.

James:  That sounds great. Look, why don't we meet up, how about next weekend, 
                I'll check with the family?

Bill:        Yes, do that. And give me a ring.

James:   Will do.  See you, then.

Bill:        Cheers. Take care.


Complete the sentences.

didn't succeed  - targets  -  achieve  -  excellent grasp  -  accomplished  -  dramatic improvement  -  a bit of trouble  -  coping 

1.  Yes, she knows the sales she has to this year and
     I'm sure she can do it.

2.  There's been a in his attitude to study. His teachers
     are very pleased with him.

3.  He's well with his university studies.

4. I'm afraid Chris in passing his driving test. He'll take it again
    in a month.

5. She's a very linguist. She speaks six languages with
    complete fluency.

6. He'll have to get a taxi; he's having with his car at
    the moment.

7.  He has an of the basics of software design.