Student or Learner
I gotta hand it to you. You certainly made this party a success.
I gotta hand it to you. You've certainly made this party a success.
See, you can do it if you try.
See, you can do it if you tried.
Please tell me which of them are grammatically correct.
I knew you could do it if you tried.
Is this sentence correct?
Please let me add a few comments that expand just a bit on Anglika's already fine suggestions:
(1) Though you'll often hear the phrase "I gotta ..." (also, "I'm gonna ..., instead of I'm going to ...) in common speech, it is not acceptable as written English -- unless, of course, the phrase is used (a) within dialogue passages within a fictional piece, or (b) to quote the exact words of another.Originally Posted by bouji;
(2) Both "You certainly made..." and "You've certainly made ..." are OK. -Just realize the difference has to do with the number of times an action has been performed:
e.g., just once: "You (certainly) made ... ";Thus, "You've certainly made ..." implies repeated actions that have "made this party a success."
more than once: "You've (certainly) made ...".
"... you can do it if you tried." seems awkward due to the mixing of present and past tense. Consider here instead: "... you could have done it if you had tried."Originally Posted by bouji;