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    "I did it" or "I made it!" ?

    Hi,

    How does one say when they manage to buy tickets for a show that they want a lot to see but is thought to be very difficult to find?

    "I did it!"?

    "I made it!"?

    Thanks.

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    Re: "I did it" or "I made it!" ?

    Hello JC,

    "I did it!" would be my choice.

    "I made it!" usually implies arrival of some kind, either literal or metaphorical (e.g. if you just manage to catch a train).

    All the best,

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    Re: "I did it" or "I made it!" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello JC,

    "I did it!" would be my choice.

    "I made it!" usually implies arrival of some kind, either literal or metaphorical (e.g. if you just manage to catch a train).

    All the best,

    MrP
    Thanks a lot.

    In the following context, is "make it" appropriate, please?

    "If everything is all right, I hope I'll find a job very soon. I hope I'll make it!"

    Thanks again.

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    #4

    Re: "I did it" or "I made it!" ?

    Regarding the tickets, I'd say "I got 'em!"

    Regarding the last sentence, your meaning can be different.
    "I hope I'll make it" sounds like you hope to survive long enough to get a job.
    "I hope I get it" means you hope to get the job.

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    Re: "I did it" or "I made it!" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    Regarding the tickets, I'd say "I got 'em!"

    Regarding the last sentence, your meaning can be different.
    "I hope I'll make it" sounds like you hope to survive long enough to get a job.
    "I hope I get it" means you hope to get the job.

    Hi,
    I said that sentence to a group of natives.
    Do you think it was too stupid?
    Thanks.

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    Re: "I did it" or "I made it!" ?

    Believe me, whatever you said to a a group of native speakers would not be perceived as stupid. Most of us realize we are too "stupid" to say more than Hello and Thank you (if even that) in YOUR language.

    Just keep trying, practicing. If they don't understand you, they'll tell you and you can ask them to help you find a way to say what you mean. There is nothing to help you learn English as much as speaking it, listening to it, and when you make a mistake, having someone explain why it was a mistake.

    This is one very very difficult language to learn, espcially if you don't already have a Romance or Germanic language background. No one will think you "stupid." They will envy the fact that you have the skills you do!

    I still look at small children in a foreign country and marvel at how brilliant they are. "Look at them! Three years old and able to speak Japanese!"

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    #7

    Re: "I did it" or "I made it!" ?

    I would agree with Jlinger:

    1. I hope I make it [to my 90th birthday]

    i.e. I hope I survive until my 90th birthday.

    Also:

    2. "I'd love to run my own business." "Well, I hope you make it some day."

    i.e. I hope you succeed in that objective.

    All the best,

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    #8

    Re: "I did it" or "I made it!" ?

    Hi,

    I wonder if the underlined texts bellow convey the same idea as ''I hope I'll be successful''.

    I am having an interview tomorrow and I hope it's going to be all right.

    I am having an interview tomorrow and I hope it goes well.

    Thanks!

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    #9

    Re: "I did it" or "I made it!" ?

    Hello JC,

    Yes, those versions could convey the same idea; though they would seem much more discreet.

    All the best,

    MrP

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