I’m wondering what the difference between here goes and here it goes is. When something is going down and I want to express my feeling of “I’ll make it!”, which expression is correct?

For example, when my job interview is going to start, would I write the first or the second?

  1. I got ready for the interview. Here goes!
  2. I got ready for the interview. Here it goes!

If these expressions are same, please tell me which expression you natives often use.

  • Neither one means "I'll make it!" – Hot Licks Oct 28 '17 at 1:52

Here goes is an idiom that is usually used to express determination or optimism at the start of a risky or difficult task. The implicit subject of goes would be the party taking the action--think of it as shorthand for "Here I go," "here we go," "here you go," etc.

For this reason, I would not use here it goes in that way. It is more likely to be used in a more straight forward way: "Now, which drawer should I put this fork in? Oh, here it goes."

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    I wouldn't say that "here goes" is necessarily used to express optimism. More like it's a secular prayer for success, and it's often used in cases where the individual has little confidence of success but rather is trying a "last resort". – Hot Licks Oct 28 '17 at 1:57

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