Could you help me with this exercise:
When Michael and Fran Perceval’s home failed _____ at an auction, they were worried.
A. to sell
C. to be selling
D. being sold
Which answer is correct and why? Why others are wrong?
Thanks for help.
I have always been taught to use a preposition "to" while "fail" is followed by a verb, but on the other hand, house can't literally sell itself, so I think, that I need to use the passive voice. So I am in two minds and don't know which answer choose, I find D as the most appropriate, but I am not sure and that's why I'm asking.