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    That's the spirit

    Hi,

    I asked a question about "That's the spirit" on WordReference but no one helps me, please help:

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    My question:

    I have been in a low spirit recently and last night I went to a lottery store, I bought a few lottery tickets. Winning these tickets were not merely in luck but skills, you need to analyze the chart, number and how the numbers go each time. Finally I won, when I saw the result, I said:

    That's the spirit. (As an encouragement to my low spirit)

    Does it sound natural?




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    Re: That's the spirit

    No. It's not natural to tell oneself "That's the spirit!"
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: That's the spirit

    We usually "That's the spirit!" to someone else to show that we approve of their enthusiasm or optimism about something.

    John: Do you think you'll win your tennis match on Tuesday?
    Helen: Not a chance. Sarah is much better than me.
    John: But you've improved a lot since you last played her.
    Helen: That's true. I've had a lot of tennis lessons.
    John: How many matches have you won so far this year?
    Helen: All of them! I've beaten seven opponents.
    John: So, let me ask you again. Do you think you'll win your tennis match on Tuesday?
    Helen: Yes! Yes, I will! I'm good enough to beat Sarah these days.
    John: That's the spirit!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: That's the spirit

    I wonder if you can tell me what I can say instead in this situation.


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    #5

    Re: That's the spirit

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    I wonder if you can tell me what I can say instead in this situation.
    Maybe That ought to cheer you up!
    … bearing in mind that you can call yourself "you" when talking to yourself.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: That's the spirit

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Maybe That ought to cheer you up!
    … bearing in mind that you can call yourself "you" when talking to yourself.
    It's a very creative answer, thank you so much, GS!

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    Re: That's the spirit

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    I wonder if you can tell me what I can say instead in this situation.

    I think it depends on the character of the person how he/she would express himself/herself when faced with such moments of ecstasy. Or if it is a narrative, how you would portray the character.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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