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Dear Ted,
I'm not sure if I'm using the expression 'failed miserably" correctly in the following sentences. In other words, do the following sentences make sense and are they grammatically correct?
1. I failed my test miserably.
2. I failed my math test miserably.

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Dear Glen:

I'm not sure if I'm using the expression 'failed miserably" correctly in the following sentences. In other words, do the following sentences make sense and are they grammatically correct?
1. I failed my test miserably.
2. I failed my math test miserably.

*** They are both correct.  You could simply say, "I failed my test."  However, adding an adverb like "miserably" tells TO WHAT DEGREE your failure was.  "Miserably" means that you did very, very poorly on the test.

Ted

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