Expressing that sth happened accidentally...

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mikko4

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Dear teachers,
I'd be glad if you could clarify one thing for me. What is the difference (if there's any) between these expressions: by chance, by accident, coincidentally.

Fer example in sentences:
We're wearing the same T-shirt, by chance/by accident/coincidentally.
and
I've met him by chance/by accident/coincidentally

How does a meaning change in these sentences when using a different phrasal verb.

Thanks in advance.
 

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Dear teachers,
I'd be glad if you could clarify one thing for me. What is the difference (if there's any) between these expressions: by chance, by accident, coincidentally.

Fer example in sentences:
We're wearing the same T-shirt, by chance/by accident/coincidentally.
and coincidentally works best here.
I've met him by chance/by accident/coincidentally all of them work

How does a meaning change in these sentences when using a different phrasal verb.

Thanks in advance.

by accident =without intending to, or without being intended. Usually about negative things though.
coincidentally= an occasion when two or more similar things happen at the same time, especially in a way that is unlikely and surprising.
by chance=by luck, without planning.
 
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