without fail and without failure


I have learned that the words fail and failure are not interchangeable as nouns? But I feel like without fail and without failure could be interchangeable for the same meaning or is there a preference between them?


Thank you so much as usual in advance.

asked Feb 23 '13 at 04:46 Hans Contributor

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Failure is the usual noun form; fail in modern English is almost always a verb, except for a very specific meaning having to do with stockbrokers.  The usage of fail as a noun to mean failure is obsolete, but survives in the expression without fail.  Saying without failure would not be natural because without fail is a set expression.


I hope this helps.

link comment edited Feb 23 '13 at 09:45 Shawn Mooney Expert

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