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    Happen chance

    In today's post on her blog (The Grammarphobia Blog), Pat O'Connor writes: "By chance, as we were researching another question, we recently happened upon the reference you mention."

    Isn't "by chance" redundant? Doesn't "happen on/upon" mean "discover by chance"?


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    Re: Happen chance

    happen upon - definition of happen upon by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    Dictionary says "to find unexpectedly."

    I agree that it is basically redundant.

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