Key Word: Success
1 Verb + success
Use the correct form of these verbs:
- I’ve been looking for a job for some time now, but I haven’t ____________ much success in finding one.
- Liz needs to pull her socks up and work harder if she is going to ____________ a success of her career.
- I’d like to take this opportunity to ____________ you every success in your new job.
- How do you account for the success of brands like Coke and Nike? => They ____________ their success to good advertising.
- My efforts to become an actor have met with little success, but my brother has ____________ success beyond his wildest dreams. He’s now filming in Hollywood.
- What do you put your success down to? => I ____________ my success to hard work and, of course, a little luck.
- The novel ____________ such a success that the author quickly followed it up with another, based on the same characters.
- This treatment can’t ____________ success, but at least 70% of women who have used it have seen significant loss of weight in the first three months.
2 Expressions with prepositions
Use these nouns to complete the expressions:
chance of degrees of key to
sign of measure of taste of
- I’ve tried a number of different medicines, with varying ____________ success.
- The doctors told us that the operation only has a fifty-fifty ____________ success.
- Confidence is the ____________ all success.
- We’ve achieved some____________ success with our new product range.
- They are still enjoying the sweet ____________ success after their championship win.
- The opening of two new outlets in the town is yet another ____________ the continuing success of the supermarket chain.
3 Great success
Match the two halves of these situations:
- The party was a spectacular success.
- Mr Hughes, to what do you ascribe the phenomenal success of your new play?
- His latest novel is already a roaring success.
- The good weather helped to make the occasion a resounding success.
- Abba have enjoyed success on a scale unparalleled by any previous pop group.
- The World Cup theme tune ‘Nessun Dorma’ has proved an out-and-out success.
a It’s sold over three thousand copies in a week.
b Except the Beatles, of course.
c A good time was had by all.
d Nobody quite knows why.
e Was it the production?
f There wasn’t a drop of rain.
Go back and underline the adjective collocations.
1. Note the different verbs we use to say that something is considered a success:
The evening was deemed a success by everyone.
The play was an overnight success. It was rated a success after only one performance.
The event was voted a success and it is now certain that it will be held again next year.
The new scheme has been hailed as a success by the general public.
2. Note the expression ‘without success’.
I tried to ring him, but without success.
3. Books, films, pop groups can be ‘an immediate success’ or ‘an overnight success’.
4. Operations have a ‘success rate’:
The success rate for this operation is 90%.
5. If a play or a film is a ‘box-office success’, lots of people go to see it.
6. You may want to ask someone:
What is the secret of your success?
7. If you are the ‘victim of your own success’, something negative has accompanied your success:
Bill was the victim of his own success. As his company grew, he worked longer and longer hours until one day he just dropped dead – the richest man in the graveyard!
Ex 1: l. had 2. make 3. wish 4. owe 5. achieved 6. attribute 7. proved 8. guarantee
Ex 2: 1. degrees of 2. chance of 3. key to 4. measure of 5. taste of 6. sign of
Ex 3: l-c 2-e 3-a 4-f 5-b 6-d