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    Didn't you work on Saturday by chance - options

    Hi.

    I've got a pretty straightforward question, does this sound natural,

    1. "Didn't you work on Saturday by chance?" or
    2. "Didn't you happen to work on Saturday?"
    3. "Did you happen to work on Saturday"?

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    Re: Didn't you work on Saturday by chance - options

    Not really- work schedules are not accidental.

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    Re: Didn't you work on Saturday by chance - options

    As Tdol says, "happen to do something" has the sense of "by chance", "accidentally" or "incidentally".

    But a variant of (1) could make sense. "Did you work on Saturday, by any chance?"
    This means something like, "It may be unlikely, but did you work on Saturday?"

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    Re: Didn't you work on Saturday by chance - options

    JMurray, thank you very much for suggesting me a variant!
    That's exactly what I needed.

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