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    Wink made/did

    Hello there!

    We can say: Yes, I did it!

    But can we say: Yes, I made it! ?

    Sometimes we say: (Talking about coming to a meeting) I don't know if I'll be able to make it!

    But we can't say (in the same context) : I don't know if I'll be able to do it! Can we?

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    Re: made/did

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello there!

    We can say: Yes, I did it!

    But can we say: Yes, I made it! ?

    Sometimes we say: (Talking about coming to a meeting) I don't know if I'll be able to make it!

    Yes - if you weren't sure that you would be able to attend a meeting, or thought that you might be late, but you arrive at the meeting (on time!) then you would say "Yes! Hurrah! Phew! I made it" meaning "Thank goodness, I got here successfully!"

    But we can't say (in the same context) : I don't know if I'll be able to do it! Can we? In the same context - not really, no.

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    See above.

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    Re: made/did

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello there!

    We can say: Yes, I did it!

    But can we say: Yes, I made it! ?

    Sometimes we say: (Talking about coming to a meeting) I don't know if I'll be able to make it!

    But we can't say (in the same context) : I don't know if I'll be able to do it! Can we?

    Cheers
    W
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning, Will.

    (1) Please remember that sometimes when a native speaker repeats the

    verb instead of using "do," s/he does that because s/he is angry.

    ***** NOT ANGRY:

    Tom: Excuse me. Did you make this vase?

    Sue: Yes, I did.

    Tom: I think you did a wonderful job.

    Sue: Why, thank you very much.

    ***** VERY ANGRY:

    Mona: Everyone says that you made this vase. I do not believe them. I do

    not think you have the talent to make such a nice vase. Tell me the

    truth: Did you make this vase?

    Ralph: Yes, I MADE it! I'm not as stupid as you think I am!!!

    *****

    Have a nice day!

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    Re: made/did

    Thank you emsr2d2.

    "Yes - if you weren't sure that you would be able to attend a meeting, or thought that you might be late, but you arrive at the meeting (on time!) then you would say "Yes! Hurrah! Phew! I made it" meaning "Thank goodness, I got here successfully!"

    => Could we also say in this case: Yes, I did it! ?

    Cheers
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    Re: made/did

    I don't think so- if you arrived in a rush just on time and said 'Yes, I did it.' people would think you were referring to something else and not your arrival.

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    Re: made/did

    If you really want to use "did" then you could say something with more details, like: I never thought we'd make it through rush hour traffic to get here on time, but we did it!

    There the "did it" means "made it through rush hour traffic in a timely way."
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