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    "Job well done" in present continous and "pretty good"

    Good day!

    Are these sentences acceptable?

    1. "I'm sure you are doing a job well done."
    I think 'a job well done' is for something that has been done already.

    2. "You did pretty good."


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    Re: "Job well done" in present continous and "pretty good"

    Quote Originally Posted by queux View Post
    Good day!

    Are these sentences acceptable? No.

    1. "I'm sure you are doing a job well done."
    I think 'a job well done' is for something that has been done already.

    I'm sure you're doing a good job.
    I'm sure you're doing the job well.

    2. "You did pretty good."
    You did pretty well.


    Thank you for your help.
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    Re: "Job well done" in present continous and "pretty good"

    Quote Originally Posted by queux View Post
    Good day!

    Are these sentences acceptable?

    1. "I'm sure you are doing a job well done."
    I think 'a job well done' is for something that has been done already. - 'done' is a past participle, and can't refer to the future (except in a specialized case like 'I want my steak to be well done.')

    2. "You did pretty good." OK, but informal - it would be marked wrong in a written exam of academic English. More formally you would use 'well'. In an even less formal version, people referring to the performance of a footballer (or other sportsman) say 'the boy done good' (rather than 'did well').


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    Re: "Job well done" in present continous and "pretty good"

    I'm sure you're doing a good job.
    I'm sure you're doing the job well.

    The first is colloquial and common. The second would be unusual.




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