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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HAPPENS

But did you ever stop to think what happens when you write a letter?

They were smuggled, mind you, and no matter what happens, he can't squeal.

Lucky the cayuse who happens to be the right size for his harness.

If he happens to appear in the office, I have to associate with him; but, thank Heaven!

I am with him because it happens from particular circumstances to suit my convenience.

There must be something wrong in the firm when that happens.

But it so happens that He has dealt with it in words of unusual fulness.

This happens to be your first, and so, were I you, I would not pursue the subject further.'

What happens to this meat, and what is going on in the water which surrounds it?

It must be sown thin, and notwithstanding that attention, it often happens to be too thick.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to come to pass, occur," originally "occur by hap, to have the (good or bad) fortune (to do, be, etc.);" see hap (n.). Replaced Old English gelimpan, gesceon, and Middle English befall. In Middle English fel it hap meant "it happened." Related: Happened; happening.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.