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    come across

    I came across an obstacle.

    From the dictionary, "come across stn/sb" means to discover something by chance, or to meet someone by chance. If I intend to say I meet an obstacle (unexpectedly) rather than I discover an obstacle, does the sentence above possess my intention as well?

    Thank you in advance!

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    Re: come across

    Quote Originally Posted by bread
    I came across an obstacle.

    From the dictionary, "come across stn/sb" means to discover something by chance, or to meet someone by chance. If I intend to say I meet an obstacle (unexpectedly) rather than I discover an obstacle, does the sentence above possess my intention as well?

    Thank you in advance!
    Yes, "came across" is consistent with an unexpected meeting/discovery. :wink:

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