accomplish/achieve a success

aleksw

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I want to be sure if I understand "accomplish" correctly. :)

1. I can change the sentence below:
After years of rejection, she finally achieved success on the big screen.
to:
After years of rejection, she finally accomplished success on the big screen.
?? Am I right??

2. But I CAN'T change that sentence:

The students accomplished the task in less than ten minutes.
to:
The students achieved the task in less than ten minutes.
?? Am I right??
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    AE (US English)
    After years of rejection, she finally achieved success on the big screen. :tick:
    After years of rejection, she finally accomplished success on the big screen. :cross:

    The students accomplished the task in less than ten minutes. :tick:
    The students achieved the task in less than ten minutes. :cross:

    It is words and grammar. We don't use "achieve" with "a task". We don't use "accomplish" with "success".

    You can "do" a task. You cannot "do" success. You can "achieve" a goal. You cannot "do" a goal.
     

    dojibear

    Senior Member
    AE (US English)
    There is a difference (in English) between two concepts. They use different words:
    (1) reaching a goal (a metaphor for finishing a race)
    (2) doing the work needed to reach that goal (sometimes a metaphor for running in a race)
     

    Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    After many years of trying, she finally met with success and accomplished her goal of being a big-screen star.
     

    i am cool

    Senior Member
    American English
    The dictionary is not giving you concrete patterns for transforming sentences.
    You cannot take this "something" from the dictionary definition and use it as a variable to perform direct replacements.

    It does not say this
    accomplish <x> - to finish <x> successfully or to achieve <x>

    It says this
    accomplish - to finish something successfully or to achieve something

    "The students accomplished the task in less than ten minutes."
    :arrow: "The students achieved (something) in less than ten minutes."
    :arrow: "The students achieved their objective (?) in less than ten minutes."
     
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