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In French, if I want to say I did it, do I use the masculine le or the feminine la?

Should I then say Je l'ai fait or Je l'ai faite?

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If “I did it” means that you did something without explicitly stating what, you should use the neutral, thus the masculine

Je l'ai fait !

but if you achieved something, it would be more idiomatic to use

J'ai réussi !

If the thing you did is explicit, then you must use its gender

— Et la descente de la Tour Eiffel en snowboard ?
— Je l'ai faite !

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So my first guess was the right one. What if by I did it I actually want to say that whatever I had to do, I did (without any implications of having achieved it)? Is my Je l'ai fait OK to use then? –  indoxica Jul 25 '13 at 14:15
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Et la descente de la Tour Eiffel en snowboard?. Même pas cap'! ;) –  Alexis Pigeon Jul 25 '13 at 14:22
    
@indoxica L'expression populaire "Ce qui est fait n'est plus à faire" indique bien que l'action entreprise est terminée et correctement terminée, sinon on ajoute un adjectif pour préciser pourquoi l'objectif n'a pas été atteint : "Cette passe, je l'ai mal faite, l'adversaire a récupéré le ballon". –  cl-r Jul 25 '13 at 14:52

Unless there's a known feminine gender behind the it, you would use the masculine

-- Tu as remis le rapport?
-- Oui, je l'ai fait!

But

-- Tu as fait la vaisselle?
-- Oui, je l'ai faite!

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