Happy/Lucky

Introduction

Some people get confused between happy and lucky. These adjectives have two different meanings in English, here we explain the difference.

William: Why do you look so happy?

Alphie: I’m going to ask Paige to the school dance.

William: She’s very popular, you’ll be lucky if she even says hello to you.

Alphie: That’s why I’m wearing my lucky hat!

William: Go on then, good luck!

… 5 minutes later …

Alphie: She said yes!

William: I’m so happy for you!

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Happy

  • happy = feel joy or contentment
Example:
Why do you look so happy?
I’m happy for you.
  • There are lots of different ways to say happy (e. g. content, pleased, joyful, cheerful, glad).
Example:
Why do you look so pleased?

Lucky

  • lucky = fortunate/something good happens by chance
Example:
You’ll be lucky if she says hello.
  • lucky + noun = something that brings good fortune
Example:
I’m wearing my lucky hat!