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    #1

    I was near and decided to visit you

    Hello, dear teachers!

    I have this conversation, probably awkward, still understandable (or so I hope):

    Doorbell ringing, then:

    - Hello Filip! What a surprise to see you in my place! What can I owe your visit to?
    - Hello Anthony! I was traveling to Newcastle, and on the way, as I was near your place, decided to come to your place and visit you.

    What I need help in, and why I turn to you, dear teachers, is to make this conversation sound natural English.

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    #2

    Re: I was near and decided to visit you

    It's meant to be highly conversational, so you'd have to ask for natural Cockney, natural Manchester, Natural California, or some other locale. If I write what would sound natural here, some people in other places would provide different variants:

    Hey, Philip! What a surprise! To what do I owe the pleasure?
    Hi, Tony. I was on my way to Newcastle, and was in the neighbourhood, so I decided to drop by.

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    #3

    Re: I was near and decided to visit you

    - Hi, Filip. What a pleasant surprise. What brings you here?
    - Hi, Anthony. I had to go to Newcastle and, as you were almost on the way, I thought I'd pop in.

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