[Idiom] made/did

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Will17

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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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W
 

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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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W

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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!!!

*****

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Will17

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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
W
 

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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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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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