Graduation day is coming; when trying to send a card to a friend I have a difficulty to decide which preposition to use in this simple phrase.

"Good luck with/in/on your journey!"

My first thought is to use "on". However; a google search shows the three prepositions are often used.


  • I assume you are wanting to say something like Good luck on your journey through life. I think, as a native speaker, that on would be the best one to use, but there is also nothing especially wrong with either of the other two. – WS2 Apr 9 '16 at 7:03

"On your journey" sounds the most natural to me (American native speaker). An ngram search shows that "on" is more common than the others.

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  • Interesting: "Good luck on your journey" sounds slightly unusual to me (Australian native speaker). The expression "on your journey" is normal enough, but I would usually say "good luck with [something]", so the two expressions don't merge easily. To avoid the conflict, I would probably say "Good luck on your trip" or "Good luck with your travels". – Chappo Hasn't Forgotten Monica Apr 9 '16 at 3:15
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    @Chappo: The OP seems to be referring to, not physical (spatial) traveling, but rather the metaphysical journey of life (post-graduation). Does that change your reaction to the phrase? – Scott Apr 9 '16 at 4:17
  • @Scott: good point, I'd responded to the literal rather than the metaphysical. ["Again?" I hear my friends shout]. I'd probably say "Good luck for the future" or "Good luck in your future career", but if forced to stick with journey, "Good luck on your journey [through life]" sounds fine. Interesting how much difference one word can make to the choice of preposition! – Chappo Hasn't Forgotten Monica Apr 9 '16 at 6:56

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