AE 295 – Expression: As Luck Would Have It

Learn Australian English in this expression episode of Aussie English where I teach you to use AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT like a native.

Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes | Android | RSS

Download the PDF + MP3

AE 295 – Expression: As Luck Would Have It

G’day guys.

Welcome to The Aussie English Podcast.

The number one podcast for anyone wanting to speak English like an Australian or simply to understand the English spoken Down Under in Australia.

Today is obviously another expression episode, and we’ll get into that shortly.

But to chat to you about what I’m up to at the moment.

The last week, it hasn’t been too bad, it hasn’t been too busy.

I had to get a presentation ready for my PhD.

So, I’m about to present all of my work to the faculty at my university.

I had to give a practice talk of that presentation to my lab group at the museum, which was fun.

So, I had to sort of go to this meeting, the lab group meeting, the laboratory group that is everyone who studies with my supervisor and his wife.

We all meet once a week and chat about our projects, about science, about the most recent news with us personally or in our field of science.

And so, I got to go there and present all my work. Took about 30 to 40 minutes.

Took quite a while. That was the longest talk I think I’ve ever given.

And then, I got feedback from everyone, which was good.

So, how I could improve the talk. How I could make it better. What else I could include.

What else I could potentially remove that was not relevant or at least less relevant than other things in the talk.

So just how to polish it up, how to make it nicer, how to make it run more smoothly.

So that’s been my week. I did that. I’ve been working.

I’ve been giving some private lessons to my students of Aussie English as well teaching them English via Skype and in person.

That’s always good fun, because I end up learning quite a lot, quite a lot.

You guys have some amazing questions when I’m teaching you guys whether it’s via live lessons on Facebook or when I have some of my students in classes the questions that you guys come up with never cease to amaze me, because quite often it is funny how native speakers speak the language, you know, at a really high level, but may not necessarily, in fact almost certainly don’t, understand the rules behind the language, understand the rules why we use certain things, we say certain things.

So, it’s always really interesting when you guys ask me those sorts of questions, and to have to look them up, to find out why it is that we use this versus this, and then to explain it.

So, I appreciate all the questions guys. Keep them coming.

Aside from that, I guess, I want to mention that I am doing live classes on Facebook at the moment.

I haven’t come up with a specific time or day yet.

So far, I’m thinking maybe a Thursday night, a Thursday night at about 7:00 p.m. Eastern Australian Time.

So that’s 7:00 pm in Melbourne. It seems like that is one of the best times for you guys.

So, send me a comment on Facebook or wherever you listen to this episode, and let me know what you think.

Is that a good time for you guys on Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. to be doing these live lessons?

‘Cause I want to try and get it in a regular sort of schedule so that you guys can show up and know that it’s going to be on and obviously attend the class.

Anyway, let me know what you think about that. And we should just dive into the lesson.

So today we’re going to do the expression “as luck would have it”.

As luck would have it we’re going to do the expression “as luck would have it”.

And you’ll understand how I just used it at the end of the lesson.

So this one comes from Nilofer. Nilofer asked me via YouTube if I could do this expression.

So thank you so much Nilofer for suggesting this one.

And as luck would have it I’m going to do it today.

So, as usual, let’s dive in and to define the words in “as luck would have it”, “as luck would have it”.

So, “as”. This is a relatively simple small word, obviously, that gets used quite a bit.

In this sense, “as luck would have it”, you would use it like “the way that luck would have it”.

In this way. “As”, in this way.

“Luck”, “luck” is fortune, fate, destiny.

So, if you are a lucky person it means that you are fortunate.

Fate is shining upon you. You’re receiving good things. You have a positive destiny.

Everything is going well. If you’re unlucky then you are unfortunate.

Destiny and fate aren’t looking very well at you. You’re receiving a lot of bad things in life.

“To have something”. Obviously, you guys know what the verb “to have” is.

But in the sense of “as luck would have it” when you used “to have something” in this sense, so like “as I would have it” it is to allow to be, to unfold, as something would unfold, as something would happen, as something would come to pass or cause to be done.

So, for example, dad had us go outside and clean the windows.

That is that dad got us, he allowed us, he made us, he caused us to go outside and clean the windows.

Or for example, I’m going to have my friends come to my house.

That means I’m going to get my friends to come to my house. It is how I want things to unfold.

It is what I want to happen. I want them to come over. I’m going to have them come to my house.

So, to define the expression, “as luck would have it”, “as luck would have it”. It means as it turned out.

So, by good or bad fortune whether it’s something that is good, so lucky, or bad, unlucky, it is by chance.

So that is luck in that sense. When we use luck like that it could be good. It could be bad.

Bad luck, good luck. It’s just as something turned out, whether it was good or bad.

So, some examples of how you would use this expression in day to day English.



Imagine that you are trying to catch a bus, but you are running late.

You’re not sure if you’re going to make it to the bus on time in order to catch the bus.

You’re running to the stop. You’re freaking out.

You’re incredibly worried you’re going to miss it, and then have to wait like another hour to get the next one.

But you could say, if you get there on time and you catch the bus, you could say, “As luck would have it we arrived just in time. As luck would have it when we arrived the bus arrived. I got on the bus and I caught it.”

But you could also say that, “As luck would have it we missed the bus.”

So, it’s kind of like as luck decided, as luck happened, as things unfolded we missed it.

So, it can be positive or negative.


Example number two, imagine that you buy 100 lottery tickets.

So, tickets where you’re trying to win money. Lottery tickets.

And you end up only winning a dollar.

So, you buy 100 lottery tickets, maybe they’re ten dollars each.

So, it costs you a thousand dollars, but as luck would have it you end up winning only $1.

Bugger! That’s not good. That’s not good at all. So that’s the second example.

As luck would have it you only got $1 from those hundred lottery tickets.


Example number three. Imagine that someone has a heart attack on a plane.

So, you guys are on a plane. You’re in the air.

You’re flying from one place to another place, and someone has a heart attack on the plane, and the stewardess, the air hostess, asks “Is there a doctor on board? Is there a doctor on the flight who can help this person who has had a heart attack?”.

And as luck would have it there is a doctor on the plane.

And as luck would have it the doctor is sitting right next to the person who had the heart attack.

As luck would have it.

But then if the person dies you could say, “Well, as luck would have it the person passed away despite sitting next to a doctor.”

So, hopefully by now guys you get what the expression, “As luck would have it” means.

I hope that helps, Nilofer. Thanks again for the suggestion.

And if you guys have any other suggestions for expressions that you would like me to cover in one of these expression episodes don’t forget to send me a message.

So as usual we’ll dive in and do a little listen and repeat exercise guys.

So just listen and repeat after me and practice your pronunciation.

Listen & repeat:

As luck.
As luck.
As luck.
Would have it.
Would have it.
Would have it.
As luck would have it.
As luck would have it.
As luck would have it.
As luck would have it.
As luck would have it.

And we’ll do it three times quickly.

As luck would have it.
As luck would have it.
As luck would have it.

So, let’s go through the pronunciation and connected speech aspect of this expression, guys.

In this one I want you to notice that the word “have” and the word “it” get joined, and it’s linked by the V at the end of “have”.

So, you hear “have_it”, “have_it”.

And a second thing to notice is the fact that the vowel sound in the word it turns into a schwa, and sounds more like “ə”.

So, it sounds like “eht”, “have_ət”, “have_ət”.

So, we’ll go through and pronounce this expression again.

And I want you to pay attention to the fact that “have” is linked to the word “it”, “have_it”, “have_it”.

But when I speak more naturally I also modify the vowel in “it” to sound more like “ə”.

So, it sounds like “ət”, ” ət”, (it) gets shortened. So, I’ll say this expression five more times, guys.

Pay attention to those two things.

Listen & repeat:

As luck would have_ət.
As luck would have_ət.
As luck would have_ət.
As luck would have_ət.
As luck would have_ət.

Good job, guys. Good job.

Before we finish up I do want to mention that I have the Aussie English Supporter Pack available for you guys who want to take your English to the next level.

Remember you can sign up for this on the website if you go to and click “Learn English Faster”.

You can sign up. You can try it and become a member today. It costs only $1 to try it at the moment.

When you sign up you get access to bonus content for every single one of these expression episodes.

So, you get things like substitution and phrasal verb exercises.

We talk much more in depth about the pronunciation and connected speech aspect of each lesson.

We have grammar. We talk about slang.

The idea of this Pack, the idea of becoming a member, is to learn Australian English, and English more generally, even faster.

Aside from that, guys, if you want to support Aussie English, and you want to allow me to continue doing what I am doing, you can become a patron.

You can become a patron on my Patreon page, which is a website that allows you to donate money to support me.

And this money goes directly into allowing me to create more content for you guys.

You can donate anything from one dollar. You can donate more money than that.

All of this money goes directly to me to allow me to continue doing Aussie English, to allow me to continue helping you guys.

So, if you want to support Aussie English I will link below my Patreon page where you can sign up to become a patron.

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up as a patron. It really means a lot to me.

And I love doing what I’m doing. So, thank you so much.

Anyway, guys, that’s enough for this episode. I hope you’re having an absolutely amazing week.

I hope your English is going well.

As usual, if you guys need anything feel free to message me or comment on the Facebook page or on YouTube.

And I’ll chat to you all soon.

All the best guys.

Download the PDF + MP3

itunes-logo (1)
spotify-small (1) (1)
icon-stitcher (1)

Get more out of every episode!

Here's what you get when you sign up!

  • Read while you listen using the Premium Podcast player.
  • Understand every word in every episode.
  • Download all PDF transcripts and MP3s for 600+ episodes.
  • Get access to bonus member-only episodes.

Download my eBook!

    We respect your privacy. Unsubscribe at anytime.

    Recent Podcast Episodes

    Related Articles


    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Download on Android or iPhone below!

    Ready to test your knowledge of some English expressions?

    Start Now