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    Happen to be

    Hi guys,

    What does "Happen to be" mean? is there anything like "Was happen to be"?

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    Re: Happen to be

    See http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...appen?q=happen Definition 1.2
    Remember to click on "MORE EXAMPLE SENTENCES".

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    Re: Happen to be

    The word happen comes from the old word hap, which means chance or luck. When something happens to be, it is so by chance or luck.

    He happened to be in the park that particular morning.
    He wasn't there because he was planning to meet someone or witness a special event that took place that morning; he was just there by chance.

    I happen to be an expert in the field.
    I know you didn't call me up to help with this particular situation, but by chance you have someone here who is an expert in the matter. It can also be used defensively, as in, I know you don't think I'm an expert, but I am.

    There is nothing like Was happen to be. :) You can say It happened to be ​to form the past tense. ;)

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