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"I made it" is a phrase which is often translated as "llegué", and "make it" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "tener éxito". Learn more about the difference between "I made it" and "make it" below.
I made it(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (I arrived)
a. llegué
I'm sorry I'm late. But at least I made it!Perdón por llegar tarde. ¡Pero al menos llegué!
2. (I constructed it)
a. lo hice
How did you make this doll? - I made it with felt.¿Cómo hiciste esta muñeca? - La hice con fieltro.
3. (I achieved it)
a. tuve éxito
Finally, I made it as a comedian, but it took eight years of hard work.Finalmente, tuve éxito como comediante, pero me llevó ocho años de arduo trabajo.
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make it(
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to succeed)
a. tener éxito
She moved to Hollywood because she wanted to make it as a singer.Se mudó a Hollywood porque quería tener éxito como cantante.
b. triunfar
It took five years for Maya to make it as a writer.Maya tardó cinco años en triunfar como escritora.
2. (to get to a place or event)
a. llegar
We were a little late, but we still made it.Estuvimos un poco tarde, pero sí llegamos.
b. llegar a tiempo (on time)
Do you think we'll make it to the movie?¿Crees que podemos llegar a tiempo a la película?
3. (to survive)
a. sobrevivir
It was a bad accident, but the doctors think she'll make it.Fue un accidente malo, pero los doctores piensan que ella va a sobrevivir.
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