As a trainer if I want to encourage my student that tells me that he cannot anymore (and I know that he can...) can I tell him "I don't give up to you I know that you can more! Keep workout a little bit more"?

N.b. It can be due to training of sports but it can be also due practicing of language or any learning subject when I see that the student can more but it's a matter of laziness.

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The idiomatic way to say it in English is giving up on someone or something. I would say it as

I'm not giving up on you!

The use of the present continuous "I'm not giving up" makes more sense if we're talking about something happening right now; using the simple present "I don't give up" makes more sense if we're talking about a general situation or general truth.

As an aside, there are a couple other errors in your original sentences; we only use the modal can with a verb, so "I know that you can more!" should be "I know that you can do more!"

Also, workout is a noun, but you want to urge your student to do a verb, so "Keep workout a little bit more" should be "Keep working out a little bit more."

  • Thank you for your answer! When I use the preposition 'to' it seems that I'm saying that I want him and don't want to leave him while I want to convey that I'm not going to give him a discount in the workout, training or practice. What do you have to say about that? Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 17:59
  • It's not idiomatic to use the preposition to in this context, and a native speaker wouldn't understand "give up to you" to mean what you want. Saying "giving up to X" would mean that you are defeated by X or are surrendering to X, but that's not what you mean.
    – stangdon
    Commented Jun 21, 2018 at 20:12

You'd say "I won't give up on you," or "I'm not giving up on you."

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