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    happen to

    I'd like to know the difference between "1" and "2".
    1. He is 15 years old.
    2. He happens to be 15 years old.

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    Re: happen to

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I'd like to know the difference between "1" and "2".
    1. He is 15 years old.
    2. He happens to be 15 years old.
    When you say "A is there", you are just describing something. But when you say "A happens to be there", you emphasize "by chance". For example, when you need some money and ask a friend to lend you 10 dollars, your friend can say "Good, I happen to have 10 dollars".

    I don't know what the context is of the second sentence you gave. But the above principle applies.

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    2. He runs a company. He happens to be 15 years old.

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    Re: happen to

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    2. He runs a company. He happens to be 15 years old.
    AS I said, happen to means by chance. this means by chance he was 15 years old.

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    Re: happen to

    You can also use it in a way that means "in contrast to what you may think."

    - You look like you've gained some weight!
    --- I beg your pardon! I happen to have lost fifteen pounds since last summer!

    - He runs the company.
    --- So?
    - So he happens to be only 15 years old!

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