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    as luck would have it

    Please comment on what I thought about the two sentences below. Thank you.

    A. As luck would have it, the train had just left when we arrived at the station.
    B. As luck would have it, two families were rendered homeless as a result of the volcanic eruption.

    I think A is correct because the fact that the train had just left when we arrived at the station was something that happened by chance or coincidentally, but B is not correct because the eruption of the volcano and the fact that two families were rendered homeless are not coincidental.


    As a non-native speaker, I am not sure about my thoughts, so please give me your valuable opinions. Thank you a lot.

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    Re: as luck would have it

    "As luck would have it" usually precedes a positive event, not a negative one. Both of yours are negative events.

    We were late leaving for the station but, as luck would have it, the train was delayed and was still at the station when we got there!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: as luck would have it

    As Emsr2d2 says, it is used with positive events, so you'd need to have something extra for either of them to work:

    A. As luck would have it, the train had just left when we arrived at the station. (If the train went on to crash, then this sentence could make sense as you would have had a lucky escape.)

    B. As luck would have it, two families were rendered homeless as a result of the volcanic eruption. (If you meant only two families, it might work a bit better.)

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