I want to use "I hope it will be great" as this positive, supportive, and showing your excitement for the other sort of statement. Not exactly sure how to describe so I will give a few examples. Like when your friend is going on a trip and you say "I hope the trip will be great". Or they are going to this concert, burning man, and you go "I hope you will have fun".

The problem for me with this "I hope it will be great/you will have fun" statement is that it does not seem appropriate for occasions when it is 100% clear to everyone that the said thing is going to be terrific. To clarify, the statement "I hope it will be great" is appropriate for the case when someone is taking an exam. An exam may go well or may not, it is not at all normal to expect that the only outcome for the exam is a 10. Therefore it is appropriate to wish that the exam would go well. But for the situations, like with the trip or the concert, where the context is that it is clear to everyone that both of these events will only be completely great, wishing further on them to be great seems redundant and more importantly implies that I think that for some reason these events may not go well, hence the wish.

It is a nuanced thing I want to express but I feel a lot of people likely run into a similar problem. Where they want to be supportive and show their excitement for someone with regards to the occasion which is 100% considered to be great/fun/etc., without appearing like they are not completely behind the said notion.

  • Why not say "You must be looking forward to your holiday, what a great experience it is going to be for you. I wish I was coming too!".
    – WS2
    Commented Jan 1, 2019 at 23:10
  • "Have a great time! You're coming back, right?" Commented Jan 1, 2019 at 23:35
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    Strangely, I find your I hope your trip is great and I hope you have fun (how I would slightly tweak your phrases) to sound completely normal and understandable. I'd expect to hear those. On the other hand, what you say is appropriate for an exam (I hope it will be great) sounds strange and not at all like something I'd expect to hear. I'd expect to hear I hope you do well, but I've never known anybody who thinks that exams are great. So, for me, I don't see a need for an alternate expression—except in the case where you don't think you need one . . . Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 0:34
  • The whole point of saying "I hope X is great" is that, contrary to your statement that "it is 100% clear to everyone that the said thing is going to be terrific", experience suggests that things can go wrong, performances can be substandard, conditions can be unexpectedly difficult... in other words, we hope that the person's high expectations are met but we know such hopes aren't always realised. Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 1:49
  • You could simplify and just say "Have fun!" or "Good Luck!". Its the tone and sentiment that really matter to the recipient in these cases.
    – Balaz2ta
    Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 2:41

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If you want to wish someone - who is off to have a wonderful time somewhere - a wonderful time, you say:

Bon Voyage!

(An "oldie but goodie" borrowed from the French but, common enough to be considered part of the English lexicon.)

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