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."

Contributor: Matt Errey