Archive for December 16, 2010

grammatical expression: with my luck


It’s time for another grammatical expression. I really like writing about these because I don’t think they’re usually taught, but they’re extremely important. I often use today’s expression; it is “with my luck”.

It’s used when we want to express pessimism about some project or activity that we are planning to do. For example:

I’m planning to go on a picnic tomorrow but, with my luck, it’ll end up raining.

It’s possible that I’ll get a promotion this year but, with my luck, it will go to someone else.

A: Do you think there will still be tickets left for the concert?

B: With my luck, probably not! But I’ll still call to find out.

I’m going on a blind date tonight with my friend’s cousin. With my luck, she’ll be old and fat though.

So, this expression can be used in a serious way, as in the first three examples or as a kind of joke, as in the last example. It’s always used about a situation that will happen in the future. Most English speakers use this expression sometimes even if they’re not extremely pessimistic people. Using this expression is more like a common habit we have, so you shouldn’t take it so seriously when you hear a native English speaker using it.


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