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    "have luck that"

    Hello, I came across an expression that sounds wrong to me: "I had luck that the doctors let me go."
    I know this doesn't sound good and it would sound more natural to say "I was lucky..." Someone told me though that the first sentence was not technically wrong.
    Could you tell me if this is wrong or possible?
    Thank you!

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    Re: "have luck that"

    It's a bit unnatural. You are right "I was lucky (that)" is much better.

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    Re: "have luck that"

    Thank you very much for this answer bhaisahab! Would you consider "I had luck that they let me go" downright WRONG or just not-so-elegant?

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    Re: "have luck that"

    Quote Originally Posted by Lilienthala View Post
    Thank you very much for this answer bhaisahab! Would you consider "I had luck that they let me go" downright WRONG or just not-so-elegant?
    Follow B's advice and stick with "I was lucky they let me go." (It's genuine English.)

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    Re: "have luck that"

    It's not colloquial. A native English speaker would not say it.

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    Re: "have luck that"

    Thank you very much!
    By the way, Tarheel, of course I would always stick with B's and your advice and use the natural and genuine form.
    My question was rather if I should dare to correct that person using the other form - which as a non native speaker you should only do if you are certain that it is absolutely wrong. Well, ok, I will suggest that he change his sentence.
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    Re: "have luck that"

    Quote Originally Posted by Lilienthala View Post
    Thank you very much for this answer bhaisahab! Would you consider "I had luck that they let me go" downright WRONG or just not-so-elegant?
    It's inelegant rather than downright wrong IMO. We do say I had the good fortune/luck to....

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