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as it happens

This page is about the conversational phrase as it happens


You can say this if something's true by chance, esp. if it's surprising.

For example

  • "I've just lost my phone."
    "I've got a spare one, as it happens. You can have it if you like."

  • "I'm going to the station."
    "Me too, as it happens. Do you want a lift?"

Quick Quiz

My wife introduced me to Luis, and I said, "As it happens, Luis and I

a. have never met before."

b. already know each other."

c. are very pleased to meet you."
a) have never met before." b) already know each other." c) are very pleased to meet you."

Contributor: Matt Errey