Being Lucky

Sometimes a small chance event or decision can make the difference between a happy ending and an utter disaster. For such situations, here are ten expressions that you can use to s

10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing: 
  1. It's a good thing (that)..
  2. It's just as well...
  3. Fortunately, / Luckily,
  4. As luck would have it...
  5. That was a stroke of luck.
  6. It's lucky...
  7. It's very/most fortunate (that)...
  8. That was a close thing / near miss
  9. It must be your lucky day!
  10. You lucky thing! / You jammy bastard!
How To Use These Phrases In Your English: 
  1. We use phrases 1 and 2 when something has prevented a disaster. We follow the phrases with a clause that describes the fortunate action or circumstance. They are both fairly informal.
  2. We use phrases 3 and 4 when we are retelling a story and they are followed by some aspect of the situation that prevented a disaster from happening.
  3. Phrase 5 is often used to react to a lucky story that somebody has told you. You can also use it to comment on your own good fortune at the time it occurs.
  4. We use phrases 5, 6 and 7 in a similar way to phrases 1, 2 and 3. For example 'It's lucky you weren't wearing your best clothes when you fell over'.
  5. We use phrase 8 when we have experienced a near disaster that was only just avoided.
  6. Phrases 9 and 10 are used to say that you think another person has been lucky. 'You jammy bastard' is very informal and only used with people who you know very well.
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