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    as it happens

    Is as it happens a way of expressing shock or surprise?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: as it happens

    My dict.,Collins says it is used to introduce a statement,esp.one that's rather surprising,which makes me feel surprised:))

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    Re: as it happens

    Quote Originally Posted by unaccounted for View Post
    Is as it happens a way of expressing shock or surprise?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Unaccounted for,


    (1) I believe that "as it happens" can mean coincidentally.

    Martha: I need to buy a new computer. Mine is not good anymore.

    Tom: Really? As it happens, I do not want one of my computers

    anymore. I should be happy to sell it to you for only $300.

    Martha: $300! That's rather expensive. You're my boyfriend, you know!

    Tom: Sorry, Martha. Business is business.


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    Re: as it happens

    Quote Originally Posted by unaccounted for View Post
    My dict.,Collins says it is used to introduce a statement,esp.one that's rather surprising,which makes me feel surprised:))
    Your dictionary is correct. It often introduces a statement that is rather surprising.

    Gillnetter is correct. It sometimes does not express shock.

    In fact, it rarely, if ever, expresses shock.

    If you are questioning a dictionary, it would be helpful if you said so at the beginning. We can then look at the question in the way you (presumably) wanted us to. It is a little disconcerting for people who have given time and thought to one reading of your question to be told, "That's not what my dictionary says".

    With no more context than you gave, especially when you used the word 'shock' in your question, many members would have given a similar reponse to that of Gillnetter.

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    Re: as it happens

    Thanks everyone.

    I 've quoted the only meaning for it and here its only example :

    'She called Amy to see if she had any idea of her son's whereabouts.As it happened,Amy had.'

    I too couldn't get any sense of shock or surprise from that,so I wanted to ask you about it.
    And I am not questioning my dictionary.I am very satisfied with it but I just couldn't translate the phrase in a way that agrees with its explanation.

    Thanks again.

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