Imagine the situation that I am playing with my child and he is trying to throw a ball into a basket.

When he misses I can just say "You missed :("

What can I say when he succeeds? (to let him know what happened or describe the result of his action)

Is the phrase 'You hit!' sounds good in this situation?

Or maybe "You have thrown the ball into the basket!!! Good boy!"

Please, give me few correct possible phrases. Thank you!

EDIT: The 'basket' is not a 'basketball basket'. It is a kind of baskets for toys.

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    You can just say, "Score!" or "He shoots, he scores!" "Good one" "Nice shot" "Way to go" "< your son's name > for two."
    – Jim
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 21:58
  • Thank you, great examples! But what phrases with the same context can I use that have a meaning that the ball is in the basket?
    – chumakoff
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 22:01
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    Uhmm, those phrases all imply that. You would not say any of those if the ball didn't go in the basket.
    – Jim
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 22:02
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    The typical phrase for describing a person's action when they've made a basket is ... made a basket: Wow you just made a basket. "Hey Mom, guess what, Billy just made three baskets in a row!"
    – Jim
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 22:04
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    The opposite is "He made a basket"
    – Jim
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 22:15

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Depending on the age of the child, you could say

You did it!
You made it!
You got it (in)!
Good job!
Way to go!

I would not say

*You hit!

From your description I assume the child is about 4 years old (or maybe younger, since you say you are describing what happened); and also that when you say a 'basket' you mean a 'basket', and not a 'basketball net'. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

  • You are absolutely right! The child is 2 years old and the purpose is to teach him how to speak and how to describe a current situation and results of his actions. You are also absolutely right about a 'basket'. It is in fact a basket with toys). I am sorry that my question was not precise enough. Thank you very much for your remark! Will this comment change your answer ?
    – chumakoff
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 9:41
  • These are all good, but my upvote is specifically for you made it which is an ideal "antonym" for you missed in this context.
    – J.R.
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 9:56
  • @chumakoff My answer does not change because I already thought you were talking about a small child.
    – user6951
    Commented Jun 3, 2015 at 15:06

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