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    happen

    Hi there,
    A friend of mine talked to me the other day, 'Does it happen to you to have a cook book?' What does it mean?
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    #2

    Re: happen

    'Does it happen to you to have a cook book?'
    Don't think the sentence is correct.

    The nearest I can think of:

    Does it occur to you that I have a cook book?

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    #3

    Re: happen

    Ex: Does it happen to you to have a cook book?
    I agree, it's odd. What about?
    Ex: Do you know if it happens to have a cookbook?
    Ex: Does it occur to you to use a cookbook?

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    Re: happen

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    A friend of mine talked to me the other day, 'Does it happen to you to have a cook book?' What does it mean?
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    Or possibly;

    "Would you happen to have a cookbook?"

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    #5

    Re: happen

    could it simply mean

    Have you, by any chance, got a cookbook?

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    #6

    Re: happen

    Quote Originally Posted by beascarpetta View Post
    could it simply mean

    Have you, by any chance, got a cookbook?
    That meaning makes more sense.

    Ex: Does it happen to you to have a cookbook?
    Ex: Do you happen to have a cookbook?

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    #7

    Re: happen

    1. Have you, by any chance, got a cookbook?

    2. Do you happen to have a cookbook?

    I prefer No.2. 'Have you got...' is colloquial English, no?

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    #8

    Re: happen

    Hi there,
    So, do they mean the same and what is the meaning of 'happen' here?

    1. Do you happen to have a cookbook?
    2. Have you, by any chance, got a cookbook?
    3. Would you happen to have a cookbook?

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    #9

    Re: happen

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    1. Have you, by any chance, got a cookbook?

    2. Do you happen to have a cookbook?

    I prefer No.2. 'Have you got...' is colloquial English, no?
    They are both good, but 2. is better English.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 07-Jun-2008 at 17:12. Reason: typo

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    #10

    Re: happen

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    So, do they mean the same and what is the meaning of 'happen' here?

    1. Do you happen to have a cookbook?
    2. Have you, by any chance, got a cookbook?
    3. Would you happen to have a cookbook?

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    Happen in this context means "to be the case esp. by chance" ex: "Would it be the case that you have a cookbook."

    So, yes all 3 sentences mean the same.

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