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    It's a title of a piece of news: Fan Returns Soccer Star's Lucky T-shirt.
    What is the meaning of lucky T-shirt? As I found it in google, I guess it's a brand in clothing industry. Does it have another meaning like being lucky with it or something?

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    Default Re: lucky T-shirt

    IMO, it may either refer to:

    - a t-shirt which brought good luck to the soccer star (who gave it away as a present or donated it, for example), or
    - a t-shirt that the player threw to the people watching the match after scoring a goal and the fan was lucky enough to grab before anyone else did.

    Of course, it may also say, as you suggest, that the t-shirt in question was manufactured/sold by the clothing brand. But since you said you were quoting from a headline, I feel inclined to doubt about this last option.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: lucky T-shirt

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    It's a title of a piece of news: Fan Returns Soccer Star's Lucky T-shirt.
    What is the meaning of lucky T-shirt? As I found it in google, I guess it's a brand in clothing industry. Does it have another meaning like being lucky with it or something?
    In my opinion, the first of Charlie's options is the most likely. Many sports figures have a piece of clothing that they always wear because they think it brings them good luck. The fan who gave back the T-shirt may have wanted the good luck to continue.

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    Default Re: lucky T-shirt

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In my opinion, the first of Charlie's options is the most likely. Many sports figures have a piece of clothing that they always wear because they think it brings them good luck. The fan who gave back the T-shirt may have wanted the good luck to continue.
    I can't figure out why a sports figure would ever give away their lucky shirt! If I had a lucky shirt, I would keep it always and never have a thought of donation or making a present of it. Isn't it weird that you throw something that brings you good luck to the crowd?
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    Default Re: lucky T-shirt

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    I can't figure out why a sports figure would ever give away their lucky shirt! If I had a lucky shirt, I would keep it always and never have a thought of donation or making a present of it. Isn't it weird that you throw something that brings you good luck to the crowd?
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    I agree, but it depends on context. Suppose the kid had cancer and was at the game because of the Make-a-Wish foundation. I think it is even less likely that a random fan received a random T-shirt and decided to give it back.

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    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Default Re: lucky T-shirt

    Or maybe he just forgot it somewhere. Left it behind on the bench.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Or maybe he just forgot it somewhere. Left it behind on the bench.
    Unlikely.

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    Seriously? People can conjecture that he gave it away in a charity auction, but the very idea of simply walking away from an item for long enough for someone to take it is unlikely? Okay then.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: lucky T-shirt

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Seriously? People can conjecture that he gave it away in a charity auction, but the very idea of simply walking away from an item for long enough for someone to take it is unlikely? Okay then.
    Sports guys are very concerned about their lucky items. The likelihood is that he was wearing it until he gave it away.
    Last edited by 5jj; 24-Oct-2013 at 09:25. Reason: fixed minor typo

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