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    Default Happen, States, Situations

    For the verb "happen", can it be used with states or situations in addition to events:

    1. "An unusual accident happened."
    2. "An unusual state of affairs happened"
    3. "An unusual situation happened."

    ?. Sentence 1 is definitely good English, because accidents are events. How about 2 and 3?

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    Default Re: Happen, States, Situations

    Welcome to the forum, bantet.

    It would sound more natural to me to hear 'An unusual state of affairs/situation arose/developed/came about/transpired'.

    A state of affairs and a situation don't normally occur with the suddenness of an accident.

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    Default Re: Happen, States, Situations

    So, it is:

    2a. "An unusual state of affairs occurred"
    3a. "An unusual situation occurred."

    Also, does an illness have the suddenness of an accident so that the following:

    4. "An unusual illness happened."

    would be good English?

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    Default Re: Happen, States, Situations

    So, it is.

    I mean so it is!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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