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    Cool good luck+?

    Hello!

    What's the right preposition to use after "good luck"?

    -Good luck "...." your new job, your exams, your salary negotiation...?

    Thank you
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    Re: good luck+?

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    What's the right preposition to use after "good luck"?

    -Good luck "...." your new job, your exams, your salary negotiation...?

    Thank you
    W
    I would use "in".

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    Cool Re: good luck+?

    Thank you.

    So, do we say: "Good luck in the show?"

    Thank you
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    Re: good luck+?

    I also use "with" for the original examples. If the person is producing the show, good luck with the show. If the person is appearing in the show, then good luck in the show.

    "Good luck with that" has become a common phrase in the US to mean "I don't think you'll succeed." "You're going to ask the boss to let you have the week off before our big product launch. Yeah, good luck with that." It's not necessarily said maliciously, but it does show your disbelief in the likelihood of success. It's also used to mean "God, I'm glad it's you and not me who has to do that!"
    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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    Cool Re: good luck+?

    Well in fact, the person is taking part in the show (it's a trade fair).

    Good luck in the show?

    Thanks

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    Re: good luck+?

    Hmm. It's a trade show? Good luck at the show.
    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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    Re: good luck+?

    Barb_D
    In the first post you said "good luck in the show" and in the second one you said "Good luck at the show". Is there any rule of using in/at/with?

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    Re: good luck+?

    A trade show is an event. You're wishing him well at the event.

    Good luck with your endeavors.
    Good luck at the event.
    Good luck in the performance.

    I think a lot of this is just idiomatic (we say it that way just because we say it that way) and what sounds right and natural to me may sound off to another, and vice versa.
    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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