academic ability "fall behind"

Enbi

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Korean-Korea
Jane is not a very smart student. Her academic ability falls behind.

Do "academic ability" and "fall behind" collocate?

Thanks for your anwers in advance!
 
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  • Enbi

    Member
    Korean-Korea
    I created them. I wanted to find an appropriate verb that goes with "academic ability" as of meaning "low academic ability" and am not sure if "fall behind" can be used together. ;)
     
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    Copyright

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    American English
    I think "fall behind" normally refers to the students, not their academic abilities.

    Jane is not very smart, so her academic performance is not as good as that of her peers.
     
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