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    Default The verb 'happen'

    Hello everybody!

    As I figured out, the verb 'happen' can mean 'to do or be by chance'. However, I still cannot use this verb properly because I don't know exactly in which situation it can be used. Let's take a look at the following example: "I happen to think he's right." What does this mean exactly?

    Thanks in advance. :D

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    Default Re: The verb 'happen'

    "I happen to think he's right" means "I think he's right". It might be used in the sense of a contradiction.

    A: I think he's wrong about that. What do you think?
    B: Well, I happen to think he's right.

    Only context can really tell you what the exact meaning of the statement might be.

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    Default Re: The verb 'happen'

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    "I happen to think he's right" means "I think he's right". It might be used in the sense of a contradiction.

    A: I think he's wrong about that. What do you think?
    B: Well, I happen to think he's right.

    Only context can really tell you what the exact meaning of the statement might be.

    8)
    That is a new usage for me. Thank you!

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    Thank you RonBee.

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    If you happen to see her, tell her I won't be coming.

    Here it means 'by any chance'.

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