Succeed, Success, Successful – English Vocabulary Lesson

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Today, let’s look at the various forms of the word succeed.

Succeed is a verb. It means to achieve the desired aim. You can succeed (no object) or succeed at (object) or succeed in (object).

  • Tom works hard, so I am sure he will succeed.
  • Jack succeeded at his job, so the boss promoted him.
  • ABC Company has succeeded in their new business venture.

Succeed as a verb also means to take over another’s position.

  • Bob succeeded Joe as the CEO when Joe retired.
  • The school principal quit, so we are looking for someone to succeed him.

Success is a noun and means the achievement of the desired aim. You can have success or have success in something:

  • Tom works hard, so I am sure he will have success.
  • Jack had success in his job, so the boss promoted him.

Successful is an adjective and means the achievement of the desired aim. You can be successful or have success in something:

  • Tom works hard, so I am sure he will be successful.
  • Jack was successful in his job, so the boss promoted him

Successfully is the adverb form:

  • Tom works hard, so I am sure he will successfully achieve what he wants in life.
  • Jack did his job successfully, so the boss promoted him

Have you done anything successfully recently? What was it?

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