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Hi,

What are the usual ways to express the meaning of succeeding in doing something? I'm not sure I can use make it or do it. I think make it is more about "being successful in you career", but what about "being successful on a singular occasion"? Examples:

  1. I'm trying to learn English. But it's too difficult, I think I'll never make it/ do it. (I want to say: I'll never succeed in doing that)

  2. That's too heavy for you to lift! You can't make it/ do it (I want to say: You can't succeed in doing that)

  3. That's not so heavy. I think you can make it/ do it (I want to say: You can succeed in doing that)

  4. Yeah! That was not so simple, but I made it/ did it!!! (I want to say: I succeeded in doing that)
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I don't know if this helps, maybe for no. 1 I'd say I'll never manage to do it (non ce la farò mai)
Hey Tanit, yeah, "non ce la faro' mai" Emotion: crying (It seems you know Italian Emotion: stick out tongue)

You guessed right, I'm interested in the Italian verb "farcela" (non ce la faro' mai, ce l'ho fatta, puoi farcela...). The meaning is more or less "succeeding in doing something". I don't know if there's an usual way to say that in English (especially American English).

Let's see what the others have to say about it, and thank you.
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I'm Italian!!! And you're right, a native speaker's opinion is much better than mine. Ciao!
On a second thought, how about "cope with"?
Yeah, that could work, but I was looking for something different... like "make it" or "do it". But it seems there's no other way except using the entire expressions "manage to do that", "succeed in doing that"...
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Ciao Kooyeen

You can use "manage" alone:
Do you need a hand with that suitcase? No thanks, I can manage.
Also "succeed":
It's too difficult, I'll never succeed.

With "make":
It's late; I'll never make it to the station in time.
Hi J.Lewis,

yes, I could use "manage" or "succeed" but I don't know if they fit in those contexts. Or for example in a context like this:

I still have an essay to write and I have to finish it before my mom gets back. That's practically impossible, I'll never (...), I can't (...) (meaning: I'll never succeed in doing that, I can't succeed in doing that)

In other words, I'm looking for typical expressions to say "being successful on one occasion, succeeding in doing something"

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