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실수하다 vs. 실패하다

September 7, 2011

Have you ever struggled between using실수하다 (to make a mistake) vs. 실패하다 (to fail)? I was studying from my TOPIK book, and found the explanation for the difference!

  • 실수하다 is used when something has been done incorrectly due to a lack of care.
    • ex) making a mistake on a test due to carelessness while answering the questions.
  • 실패하다 is used to describe when something is done the way it was suppoed to go initally, due to a fault.
Not that hard, right? ^^
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