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    Default What is the meaning of the term "happen to be"?




    "They happened to be very nice."
    what doesn't it mean?
    Thank you!

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    Default Re: What is the meaning of the term "happen to be"?

    "Happen" means to occur by accident or chance. "I walked by the deli last night, and although it was after business hours, the owner happened to be there [or, it happened that the owner was there]. He sold me two salamis." Without knowing the context of your example, I would guess that the author has added the sense of "against expectations" - "I didn't hope for much quality, since I bought the salamis on sale, but they happened to be very nice."

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    Default Re: What is the meaning of the term "happen to be"?

    thank you sir.

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