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    #1

    Correct me

    1:
    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.

    2:
    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.

    Also,

    I knew you could do it if you tried.

    Is this sentence correct?

    Thank you.


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    #2

    Re: Correct me

    Quote Originally Posted by bouji View Post
    1:
    I gotta hand it to you. You certainly made this party a success. I have to hand it to you.....
    I gotta hand it to you. You've certainly made this party a success. I have got to hand it to you....

    2:
    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. Both

    Also,

    I knew you could do it if you tried.

    Is this sentence correct? Yes

    Thank you.
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    Re: Correct me

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
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    Hi bouji,

    Please let me add a few comments that expand just a bit on Anglika's already fine suggestions:

    Quote Originally Posted by bouji;
    1:
    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.
    (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.

    (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 ... ";
    more than once: "You've (certainly) made ...".
    Thus, "You've certainly made ..." implies repeated actions that have "made this party a success."


    Quote Originally Posted by bouji;
    2:
    See, you can do it if you try.
    See, you can do it if you tried.
    "... 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."

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