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  1. Stephania82
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    Hello,

    Is this sentence correct - 'I happened to have caught a nasty virus, again'. Why don't they just say 'I caught a nasty virus, again'

    Does happen here mean turn out - ie: It turned out I caught a nasty virus or it is just a way for stating something that happened in the past?


    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: Happened to have

    Quote Originally Posted by Stephania82 View Post
    Hello,
    Is this sentence correct - 'I happened to have caught a nasty virus, again'. Why don't they just say 'I caught a nasty virus, again'
    Does happen here mean turn out - ie: It turned out I caught a nasty virus or it is just a way for stating something that happened in the past?
    Thanks a lot!
    Almost .

    I have caught a nasty virus again - [meaning what it says]
    I happen to have caught a nasty virus again - As it turns out, I have caught...
    I happened to have caught a nasty virus again - the same, but in the past (probably narrative)

    As in the last case the /d/ is devoiced and assimilates to the /t/ of 'to', the last two sound nearly the same.

    The 'happen to...' construction is often uses to introduce some information that the speaker thinks his/her audience is unaware of [and perhaps would be aware of if he had only been a more caring husband ]: Of course I'm irritable - I happen to have a headache.

    b

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