with no success / without success

Discussion in 'English Only' started by ofriendragon, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. ... so he badgered the driver to go faster, but with no success.

    My question:
    What's the difference between with no success and without success.
  2. There is really no difference, ofriendragon. I would say that "without success" is more commonly used.

  3. Lun-14

    Lun-14 Senior Member

    This post has been moved from the thread: tried to contact you but unfortunately / contact you, unfortunately [but?]
    Cagey, moderator

    Both the sentences (OP) sound odd to me because of the presence of the word "without".:rolleyes::(

    I tried to contact you by telephone without success. -> I tried to contact you by telephone without having a strong certainty that you would attend my call.
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  4. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    "attend my call" :confused::confused::confused:

    Not in AE
  5. velisarius Senior Member

    British English (Sussex)
    "Without success" is a common phrase, used to talk about "failing" - not managing to do what you intended to do.

    I tried to learn Russian, but without success
    (I was not successful: I didn't learn much Russian.)
    I tried to contact you, but without success. (I had no success: I didn't manage to contact you.)

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