Quick answer
"Fail" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "fallar", and "infinitive" is a noun which is often translated as "el infinitivo". Learn more about the difference between "fail" and "infinitive" below.
fail(
feyl
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to not succeed)
a. fallar
The manager failed to hold the attention of his team.El gerente falló en mantener la atención de su equipo.
b. fracasar
The protest failed once the police arrived.La protesta fracasó al momento que llegó la policía.
2. (to stop functioning)
a. fallar
The car won't start because the engine has failed.El carro no arranca porque falló el motor.
3. (to not meet expectations)
a. fallar
My brother has failed to show up on time.Mi hermano ha fallado en llegar a tiempo.
b. no cumplir con
The police officer failed to uphold the law.El policía no cumplió con la ley.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (education)
a. reprobar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Larry is not good at numbers; that's why he failed the math test.A Larry no se le dan bien los números; por eso reprobó el examen de matemáticas.
b. suspender
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Failing just one test is not the end of the world.No se va a acabar el mundo por suspender solo un examen.
c. catear
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
I can't afford to fail another course in college.No puedo permitirme catear otro curso de universidad.
5. (to disappoint)
a. fallar
Please don't fail me again.No me falles otra vez, por favor.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (education)
a. el suspenso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
This semester I got a fail on my history test.Este semestre saqué un suspenso en mi examen de historia.
7.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(computing)
a. el fracaso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I had a laugh looking through some of the best Internet fails.Me pasé un rato riendo mirando algunos de los mejores fracasos en internet.
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infinitive(
ihn
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fih
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nih
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dihv
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (grammar)
a. el infinitivo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The infinitive of "goes" is "to go."El infinitivo de "goes" es "to go".
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (grammar)
a. infinitivo
The verb in that sentence should be in the infinitive form.El verbo de esa oración tendría que estar en la forma infinitiva.
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