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a cannot do b? Reduce the number of verbs. Better to say what a can do,
On Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 3:17 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
> I'd probably use "fails" instead of "is unsuccessful."
> "Unable," hard to say without more context.
> On Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 7:25 PM, Kari Gulbrandsen
> <kkgulbrandsen -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> > Hi, all --
> > When writing for translation, what phrasing would work better and why:
> > - a is unable to do b *or* a is not able to do b
> > - x is unsuccessful *or* x is not successful
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