well done <on> clinching that deal

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VicNicSor

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A video about paying a compliment. A man to a woman:
By the way, I just wanted to say well done on clinching that deal!

Am I right that the preposition "on" here is the same as here: to do well on an exam/test?
Thanks
 
  • Cagey

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    English - US
    I understand the 'on' in the topic sentence as being inserted on the model of 'congratulations on'.
    The speaker is thinking of 'well done' as a congratulatory phrase and so uses 'on' with the meaning 'regarding'.

    (In my opinion) it is not the same as the 'on' in 'do well on an exam', in which case 'on' refers to the context in which someone did well.
     
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