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    happen vs take place

    The accident took place at ABC Square.

    Can someone please tell me if the above sentence sounds natural?
    Is it true that accidents happen/occur while events take place?

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    Re: happen vs take place

    Quote Originally Posted by daemon99 View Post
    The accident took place at ABC Square.

    Can someone please tell me if the above sentence sounds natural?
    Is it true that accidents happen/occur while events take place?
    More usual would be 'in ABC Square'.
    Yes, accidents do occur/happen while other events take place.

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    Re: happen vs take place

    Thanks a lot, apex2000!

    More usual would be 'in ABC Square'.
    Is it because we are talking of accident here or is it because we should use in with Squares?

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    Re: happen vs take place

    Is it because we are talking of an/the accident here or is it because we should use 'in' with Squares?

    Neither. If you think of a typical Square, then are you inside or outside the Square? You could see the accident in either case, but where is the accident? In the Square, or outside the Square (in a street leading into the Square)? On the edge of the Square? At the junction of a street and the Square?

    If you consider these possibilities you should understand.

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