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    jctgf is offline Key Member
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    "it happened to me"

    Hi,

    I read a post with this expression in/on this forum. At first glance it sounded OK to me but after a second look I started wondering if its usage was correct.

    Is it right to say "Suddenly it happened to me that today it's my uncle's birthday and I can't forget to call him!"?

    Can I use ''it happened to me'' to mean ''it occurred to me''?

    Thanks.

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    Re: "it happened to me"

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "Suddenly it happened to me that today it's my uncle's birthday and I can't forget to call him!"?
    Hi jctgf,

    As a native English speaker and ESL tutor, I would never say "it happened" in this context. You are correct with "it occurred."

    Take care,
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    Re: "it happened to me"

    "...I happened to remember that..."

    "...it occurred to me that..."

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    Re: "it happened to me"

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    "...I happened to remember that..."

    "...it occurred to me that..."

    that's precisely how I know these expressions.
    thanks again.

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    Re: "it happened to me"

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Hi,

    I read a post with this expression in/on this forum. At first glance it sounded OK to me but after a second look I started wondering if its usage was correct.

    Is it right to say "Suddenly it happened to me that today it's my uncle's birthday and I can't forget to call him!"?

    Can I use ''it happened to me'' to mean ''it occurred to me''?

    Thanks.
    It would be better to say: "It happened to be my uncle's birthday and I forgot to call him".

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