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Fruity
Posted: Friday, June 10, 2016 9:20:10 AM

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I'd never made it out there before.

I'm wondering what "made it out" means.
Lipwer
Posted: Friday, June 10, 2016 9:54:24 AM

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It means, I never went there. But it suggests that the speaker intended to go there at some point, but for various reasons never went. It implies a desire.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, June 10, 2016 11:27:04 AM

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That's right.

"Made it" can mean "succeeded" or "arrived".

"I wanted to save £500 in two months - and I made it in six weeks."
"I always wanted to go to Glastonbury, and I made it yesterday."


So this is !I'd never made it (succeeded to go) out there (to that place) before."
Fruity
Posted: Friday, June 10, 2016 1:06:11 PM

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Thanks a lot for your responses, Lipwer and Drag.

https://youtu.be/rOsQ7AkjvCg?t=1m28s
"I'd never made it out there before."

Could you tell me what the "out" means? Is it necessary?
FounDit
Posted: Friday, June 10, 2016 4:06:56 PM

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If you look at the last line in DragOnspeaker's post, you will get the sense of it.

"So this is (it)!I'd never made it (succeeded to go) out there (to that place) before."

"out there" is usually used to refer to some location outside a city, or local environment. Here in the US, it most often refers to the countryside, or small towns in rural areas.

If you drop "out", you would have to word it differently, such as, "I've never been there before", or, "I'd never been/gone there before".

"I'd never made it there before" would sound odd.
NKM
Posted: Friday, June 10, 2016 11:28:03 PM

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As FounDit says, "I'd never made it there before" would sound odd.

It seems to mean "I'd never been successful there before", but it could also mean "I'd never managed to get there before".

The ambiguity makes it feel strange.

keangal
Posted: Friday, June 10, 2016 11:45:03 PM

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