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    to succeed

    hi,

    "it's not easy to find a job but if I keep trying I think I'll succeed".

    which phrasal verb could I use instead of "succeed"?

    "to make it"?

    thanks,
    jc

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    "it's not easy to find a job but if I keep trying I think I'll get hooked up".

    "it's not easy to find a job but if I keep trying I think I'll bring it off".

    "it's not easy to find a job but if I keep trying I think I'll get fixed up"

    "it's not easy to find a job but if I keep trying I think I'll make out"

    Take your pick


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    Re: to succeed

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,

    "it's not easy to find a job but if I keep trying I think I'll succeed".

    which phrasal verb could I use instead of "succeed"?

    "to make it"?

    thanks,
    jc
    Hi JC,

    Let me try out my new Activator. Hmmmmm, looking up "succeed" ... ah here it is, on page 1164, now let me see, ... mmmmmmmmm, there are a number of them and not all exactly fit the nuance you want but they are all similar in meaning, used in


    1. "it's not easy to find a job but if I keep trying I think I'll

    find one/get there/make it/come up roses/come up trumps/get results

    2. "it's not easy to find a job but if I keep trying I think things will

    come out right/turn out right/go well/bear fruit

    3. "it's not easy to find a job but if I keep trying I think my efforts will

    bear fruit/come out right/turn out right/go well/have some success

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    Re: to succeed

    hi,

    thanks!

    I actually said "it's not easy to find a job but if I keep trying I think I'll make it!"
    to a native and I wonder if I said something stupid.

    do you think it sounds stupid or non-native?

    thanks again,
    jc

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    Not at all. Your response was fine....


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    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,

    thanks!

    I actually said "it's not easy to find a job but if I keep trying I think I'll make it!"
    to a native and I wonder if I said something stupid.

    do you think it sounds stupid or non-native?

    thanks again,
    jc
    But, note that 'make it' could address things that are outside of getting a job. Actually even your 'keep trying' does not necessarily address getting a job, JC. It may mean that overall, with a job, which is usually necessary, overall, to a life, that your whole situation will improve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    But, note that 'make it' could address things that are outside of getting a job. Actually even your 'keep trying' does not necessarily address getting a job, JC. It may mean that overall, with a job, which is usually necessary, overall, to a life, that your whole situation will improve.

    Hi,

    Thanks!

    My "make it" was about getting a job only.

    A few replies above u provided lots of options of how to express this idea with a phrasal verb but it's very difficult for me to work with so many options.

    Which option is the best for a foreigner whose memory is always leaking?

    "To get there"?

    "To have success"?

    Thanks again,
    jc


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    Re: to succeed

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Hi,

    Thanks!

    My "make it" was about getting a job only.

    A few replies above u provided lots of options of how to express this idea with a phrasal verb but it's very difficult for me to work with so many options.

    I realize fully, that that would have been the problem, JC. You should consider the majority of these as passive acquisitions, noting that they have different nuances. ESLs should try to expand their passive vocabulary to enhance understanding. This is the same for native speakers. We get by with a fairly small active vocabulary but we have a large passive vocab.

    Which option is the best for a foreigner whose memory is always leaking?

    "To get there"?

    "To have success"?

    Thanks again,
    jc
    All the following would work. Note the difference in the sentences.

    1. "it's not easy to find a job but if I keep trying I think I'll

    find one/get there/make it/get results/have success

    3. "it's not easy to find a job but if I keep trying I think my efforts will

    bear fruit/come out right/turn out right/go well

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