Translation of fail in Setswana

fail

tlholwa

verbfails, failing, failed

  • 1

    tlholwa
    • try to do something but be unable to do it
  • 2

    palelwa
    senyega
    ‘The brakes failed’ Maboriki a ne a senyega
    • become weak or useless
    • break down
  • 3

    palelwa
    ‘He failed to warn me’ O paletswe ke go ntlhagisa
    • not do something
  • 4

    tlholwa ke ditlhatlhobo
    • not get enough marks to pass an examination
  • 5

    supa fa mongwe a tlhotswe ke ditlhatlhobo
    • judge that somebody has not passed an examination

nounPlural fails

  • 1

    tlhôka katlêgô mo ditlhatlhobong
    ‘Thato got four passes and one fail’ Thato o fêntse dithutô tse nne, mme a tlhôka katlêgô mo go e le nngwe
    • an unsuccessful result in an examination