How to wish good luck to others

Imagine you are talking with a friend. Your friend tells you he has a big exam or a job interview coming soon.

It’s a good time to wish them good luck.

But how do you do that?

In today’s Daily Grammar we will explore a point of connection between grammar and social situations. You will learn polite and friendly ways to wish others good luck.

Fragments and complete sentences

Social situations provide us with many opportunities to wish good luck to others. These wishes can take the form of sentence fragments or complete sentences.

A fragment is a kind of incomplete sentence – part of the subject is missing or predicate. Generally, fragments wishing well for others miss the point.

Consider, for example, the phrase “good luck,” which is used to say that you hope someone will be successful. “Good luck” has an adjective, “good”, and a noun, “luck”.

But the phrase suggests something more. It suggests something like this: “I wish you good luck.”

In any case, English speakers often use the expression “good luck”.

So a person might say, “Good luck with the job interview!”

In terms of complete sentences, English speakers often use verbs such as “wish” or “hope”.

For example, a person might say,

“I hope the job interview goes well tomorrow.”

Or

“I wish you good luck for your job interview tomorrow.”

English speakers also use full sentences to make affirmations – expressions of belief in the other person. Such expressions of belief are another way to show kindness or warmth towards others.

For example, a person might say,

“I know you’re worried about the test tomorrow, but I also know you’re up for the test. challenge!”

Or

“The job interview will be easy. You will do just fine!

Activity

Let’s take some time to work with these ideas. Take these three words and form a statement that wishes someone well.

Luck test next week

Pause the audio while you think about your answer.

Here is a possible answer:

“Good luck with next week’s test!” »

Now imagine that a friend tells you the following:

“I’m so worried about tomorrow – I have a tough math test!”

What should you tell your friend? Pause the audio to think about your answer.

Here is a possible answer:

“I hope the test will go well tomorrow!” »

Here are two other possible answers that involve affirmations:

“I know you’re worried about the test, but I also know you’ll be fine!”

“The test will be easy for you. I know you will be fine!

Final Thoughts

Today’s report explored a few ways to wish others good luck. There are, of course, many other ways to do this.

The next time you listen to English speakers, pay close attention to how well they wish each other well. Carefully note the types of words and phrases they use. Ask yourself if they use fragments or complete sentences.

We will end this report with some wishes for our listeners.

Good luck with your English studies. We wish you much success on your way to language learning.

I am John Russell.

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words in the story

interview – nm a formal meeting with someone who is being considered for a job or other position

predicate – nm grammar: the part of a sentence that expresses what is being said on the subject

challenge-not. a difficult task or problem

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