The phrase “never fails to disappoint” is a great one to use when you want to show how disappointed you are about something. However, you might want to know a little more about it, including some synonyms and antonyms, which this article will explore for you.
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What Does “Never Fails To Disappoint” Mean?
“Never fails to disappoint” means that someone will always disappoint you, and they’ll always live up to exactly what you expect of them (in a negative context). It is a negative phrase, though some people confuse it with being a positive one.
The definition of “disappoint,” according to The Cambridge Dictionary, is “to fail to satisfy someone or their hopes, wishes, etc., or to make someone feel unhappy.”
“Never fails to disappoint” uses a double negative (never fails) to cancel out that portion of the phrase. You can think of the definition of “never fails to disappoint” to mean “always disappoints.”
A double negative in this way usually makes a positive to show that it is, in fact, the case. However, many people confuse the meaning and think that “never fails to disappoint” is a positive phrase meaning someone never disappoints. This idea is incorrect, and you should not use it in this way.
Examples Of How To Use “Never Fails To Disappoint” In A Sentence
Let’s go over some examples of how “never fails to disappoint” should be used. We’ll make sure only to include the correct definition, which is the negative way of saying that somebody will always disappoint you.
- It never fails to disappoint me how little you care about your family.
- He never fails to disappoint me with his choices in life.
- You never fail to disappoint me with how far you’ve fallen from grace.
- I must say, she never fails to disappoint with the atrocious ideas that she comes up with.
- This food never fails to disappoint me. I really should stop coming here.
- All of this never fails to disappoint me; I wish I could move to another country.
- You need to stop talking because everything you say never fails to disappoint me.
“Never fails to disappoint me” works well when we want to talk about our disappointment and how unsurprised we are that somebody acted in a way that we expected them to.
If you disappoint someone, it’s usually not a good thing. Most people hate to disappoint people, especially anybody that they’re close with, as it means you’ve let them down (and they often expect more from you).
Is It “Never Fails To Disappoint” Or “Never Fail To Disappoint”?
We can use both “never fails to disappoint” and “never fail to disappoint.” The difference comes down to the verb tense of “fail.” We can use both “fail” and “fails” depending on the pronoun choice.
“Never fails to disappoint” is correct when we use the pronouns “he,” “she,” or “it” before it. “Never fail to disappoint” is correct in every other pronoun case (I, you, they, we).
To help you understand how we can use both verb forms, you should pay attention to the following examples (specifically what pronoun we use for each one).
- I never fail to disappoint my family.
- You never fail to disappoint me in every way.
- They never fail to disappoint their peers.
- We never fail to disappoint the people above us.
- He never fails to disappoint his mother.
- She never fails to disappoint us.
- It never fails to disappoint me when this happens.
As you can see, the key difference between the verb form of “fail” comes down to the pronoun we use. Other than that, both forms are correct, and the phrase is entirely dependent on the pronoun.
“Never Fails To Disappoint” – Synonyms
Let’s go over some synonyms to help you understand the phrase better. Since so many people get confused by the double negative, one of these synonyms might be a little easier for you to work with:
- Always disappoints
- Never manages to impress
- Never impresses
- Always disappointed
- Always disapproving
- Never surprise me
As you can see, these synonyms mostly avoid the double negative. This makes it much easier to explain the meaning and show your disappointment to the person that you’re talking to.
What Is The Opposite Of “Never Fails To Disappoint”?
We might also benefit from learning what the opposite of “never fails to disappoint” is. There are a good number of antonyms to choose from, and some of them use the double negative in a positive manner this time.
- Never fails to amaze me
- Never ceases to amaze me
- Never fails to impress me
- Never manages to disappoint
- Never disappoints
- Always impresses
- Always impressed
- Constantly impressed
- Cease to disappoint
These antonyms are great when we want to show that we’re impressed with somebody (which is the opposite of the adjective “disappoint”). When someone impresses us, it means that we admire or respect what they’ve done for us.
The definition of “impress,” according to The Cambridge Dictionary, is “to cause someone to admire or respect you.”
It’s also possible to hear the phrase “never ceases to amaze me,” which uses the antonym “amaze” for “disappoint.” Both “amaze” and “impress” work really well in this situation.
The definition of “amaze,” according to The Cambridge Dictionary, is “to cause someone to be extremely surprised.”
Does “Cease To Disappoint” And “Never Fail To Disappoint” Mean The Same?
Finally, let’s look at the meanings of the phrases “cease to disappoint” and “never fail to disappoint.” Both of these mean opposite things, and they work incredibly well as antonyms for each other.
“Cease to disappoint” means that someone has stopped disappointed you and done something that you didn’t expect them to do (which “amazed” you). “Never fail to disappoint” means you are yet again disappointed by their actions.
“Cease to disappoint” takes the double negative away from the phrase with “never fail.” Instead, it just uses the singular negative “cease,” which works well to cancel out “disappoint.”