How to Wish the Best for Other People

Imagine you are talking to a friend. Your friend tells you that he has a big test or assignment. interview coming soon.

This is a good time to wish them well.

But how do you do it?

In Today’s Everyday Grammar, we will explore a point of connection between grammar and social situations. You will learn polite and friendly ways to wish other people well.

Fragments and complete sentences

Social situations give us many opportunities to wish the best for other people. Such wishes can come in the form of sentence fragments or complete sentences.

A fragment is a kind of incomplete sentence: it is missing part of the subject or predicate. In general, the fragments that wish other people well lack the theme.

Consider, for example, the phrase “good luck,” which is used to say that you hope someone succeeds. “Good luck” has an adjective, “good”, and a noun, “lucky”.

But the phrase suggests something else. Suggest something like this: “I wish you good luck.”

In any case, English speakers often just use the phrase “good luck.”

So a person might say, “Good luck with the job interview!”

In terms of complete sentences, English speakers often use verbs like “wish” or “hope.”

For example, a person might say,

“I hope the job interview goes well tomorrow.”

EITHER

“I wish you the best of luck with your job interview tomorrow.”

English speakers also use complete sentences to make affirmations, expressions of belief in the other person. Such expressions of belief are another way of showing kindness or warmth to other people.

For example, a person might say,

“I know you’re worried about tomorrow’s exam, but I also know you’re ready for the exam. challenge!”

EITHER

“The job interview will be easy. You’re going to do great!”

Exercise

Let’s take some time to work with these ideas. Take these three words and form a statement that you wish someone well.

Try your luck next week

Pause the audio while you are considering your answer.

Here is a possible answer:

“Good luck with next week’s exam!”

Now imagine that a friend tells you the following:

“I am so worried about tomorrow. I have a difficult math test!”

What should you tell your friend? Pause the audio to consider your answer.

Here is a possible answer:

“I hope the test goes well tomorrow!”

Here are two other possible answers that involve affirmations:

“I know you’re worried about the test, but I also know you’ll do great!”

“The test will be easy for you. I know you will do great!”

final thoughts

Today’s report explored some ways to wish others well. There are, of course, many other ways to do it.

The next time you listen to English speakers, pay close attention to how they wish each other well. Take careful note of the types of words and phrases they use. Ask yourself if they are using fragments or complete sentences.

We will close this report with some wishes for our listeners.

Good luck with your English studies. We wish you continued success on your language learning journey.

I am John Russell.

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words in history

interview – north a formal meeting with someone who is being considered for a job or other position

predicate – n grammar: the part of a sentence that expresses what is said about the subject

challenge-north. a difficult task or problem

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