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I know the phrase "doomed to failure" exists. I also found someone here who suggests that both, "doomed to failure" and "doomed to fail" can be used for a specific situation:

"I'm doomed to failure" expresses a final state of outcome.

"I'm doomed to fail" expresses an inevitable action.

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  1. Would someone (a native speaker?) actually use "doomed to fail" instead of "doomed to failure"?
  2. How can this be applied to other verbs (even if it doesn't make a lot of sense in the first place), e.g. "to live"/"life". Would it be "doomed to life" or "doomed to live"?

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  • We would more naturally say "It's doomed to failure" / "It's bound to fail". – BillJ Dec 22 '18 at 13:35
  • Re #1: ~247k results on Google Books alone: google.com/search?q=%22doomed+to+fail%22&tbm=bks – michael.hor257k Dec 22 '18 at 13:37
  • I also saw that "doomed to failure" is used more often, but I'm also especially interested in how this one common phrase can be applied to other verbs/nouns (real world situations: naming a metal song, getting a tattoo, i don't know...). What would you choose, given the "live"/"life" example above, and if it's the verb instead of the noun ("failure"), why so? – mxscho Dec 22 '18 at 13:46
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  1. Would someone (a native speaker?) actually use "doomed to fail" instead of "doomed to failure"?

Yes.

If the first effort failed, the following efforts were doomed to fail.
Jack London, Burning Daylight, Chapter VIII

as well as about 247,000 results on Google Books.


  1. How can this be applied to other verbs

Here's an example sentence from American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language:

"With the benefit of hindsight, the fans felt that they knew all along that the Red Sox were doomed to lose" (Daniel L. Schachter[sic]).

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    Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. (Sounds better than "doomed to its repetition") – Andreas Blass Dec 23 '18 at 2:08

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