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    happened to have met

    The sentences seem to be awkward. Please help me correct them. Thanks!

    1. After Tom asked him some questions, he knew that it was the foreigner's first time coming to Taiwan, and he had intended to visit Taipei 101.
    2. After Tom asked him some questions, he knew that this was the first time the foreigner coming to Taiwan, and he had wanted to visit Taipei 101.
    3. Although Tom and the foreigner happened to have met each other, they still keep in touch after the encounter.
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    #2

    Re: happened to have met

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    "After Tom asked some questions, he realized that the purpose of the man's first trip to Taiwan was to visit the capital's famous landmark Taipei 101."


    NOTE: It might be a good idea not to use the word "foreigner." A more neutral word (such as "man") might be more courteous.

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    #3

    Re: happened to have met

    Is #3 correct?

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    #4

    Re: happened to have met

    It doesn't mean very much.

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    #5

    Re: happened to have met

    Quote Originally Posted by contiluo View Post
    Is #3 correct?
    Is the following your intended meaning?
    'Although Tom and the foreigner met for the first time by sheer coincidence, they still keep in touch after the encounter.'
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: happened to have met

    The first half of your suggestion is OK, Matthew, but there's no reason for "after the encounter".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: happened to have met

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'Although Tom and the foreigner met for the first time by sheer coincidence, '
    I don't think a first meeting can be a coincidence I'd just say 'by chance'.

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    Re: happened to have met

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    there's no reason for "after the encounter".
    I copied it from the OP's sentence. Could 'afterward' be used instead?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: happened to have met

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I copied it from the OP's sentence. Could 'afterward' be used instead?
    There's no point. If two people meet, and then keep in touch, it can't possibly be at any other time than "after the encounter". That's what ems is saying, I think.

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    #10

    Re: happened to have met

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I copied it from the OP's sentence. Could 'afterward' be used instead?
    It's redundant, but there's plenty of redundancy kicking around. It's not wrong.

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