11 Other Ways to Say “I’m Proud of You”

Do you want to let someone know you’re proud of them, but you’re unsure about the best way to word it? Sure, “I’m proud of you” seems effective, but are there better options?

Don’t worry. This article will explain everything you need to know about how to say you are proud of someone.

Other Ways to Say “I’m Proud of You”

  • We’re so happy for you
  • I knew you could do it
  • We always believed in you
  • I’m a proud mother/father
  • We’re super proud
  • Knew you had it in you
  • Told you you could do it
  • Ecstatic for you
  • Happy for you
  • You deserve this
  • You have earned this


  • “I’m proud of you” is one of the best complimentary phrases you can use when you love and believe in someone.
  • “We’re so happy for you” shows you share their happiness and is a good formal synonym.
  • “I knew you could do it” is great informally and shows that you always believed someone was capable of good things.

Keep reading to learn more about the most effective synonyms. We’ll show you what to say instead of “I’m proud of you” in both formal and informal contexts.

Alternatively, you can skip to the end to learn whether “I’m proud of you” is a compliment. If you’d like to know whether it’s already sufficient in your writing, the final section is for you!

We’re So Happy for You (Formal)

“We’re so happy for you” is an excellent formal synonym for “I’m proud of you.” If you haven’t tried it before, we highly encourage it in most business contexts.

The phrase suggests that the company you represent shares someone’s happiness or enthusiasm for a new (and positive) prospect. For example, if they’ve recently got a job offer, you could say “we’re so happy for you” to express support and care.

Most bosses overlook the importance of supporting employees in their endeavors. It shows you are a good leader if you can use a phrase like this formally.

Granted, “I’m proud of you” works well formally too. However, we think “we’re so happy for you” offers a much more professional yet personal touch to the phrase. That’s why it’s suitable for business situations.

Check out this example to learn a bit more about it:

Dear Thomas,

We’re so happy for you. We hope you’ll come back and visit when you get the chance.

All the best,
The Management Team

I Knew You Could Do It (Informal)

“I knew you could do it” is an excellent supportive synonym. It gives another example of how to say “I’m proud of you” more conversationally.

The phrase is very encouraging. It shows you believed someone already could do something positive.

You might use this phrase when complimenting or supporting a friend who recently won a sporting competition. It shows that you’re in your friend’s corner and know what they are capable of, even if they don’t know themselves.

“I’m proud of you” and “I knew you could do it” are very useful informal synonyms. We encourage using both to try and mix things up when you’re being supportive.

You may also find this phrase useful in formal contexts. However, it might be best to replace “I” with “we” to show that you represent a company or team in formal situations.

These examples will show you how it works informally:

Well, I knew you could do it. There wasn’t a moment when I doubted your ability.

I knew you could do it! I can’t believe how far you’ve come in such a short time.

Is “I’m Proud of You” a Compliment?

“I’m proud of you” is a complimentary phrase letting someone know you care for or believe in them. You should use it when they’ve done something to make you proud.

Most people will respond positively when they hear you say “I’m proud of you.” It makes people feel good about themselves and shows that you value and respect them.

“I’m proud of you” can work well both formally and informally. You are not limited by your writing tone when using this.

However, it sounds much better informally because you can direct it to friends and family members. Saying “I’m proud of you” to coworkers or employees might not always be received well without a close relationship.

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