English version

happen on/upon somebody/something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhappen on/upon somebody/something phrasal verb literary or old-fashionedFINDto find something or meet someone by chance syn come across I happened on the restaurant by chance. happen→ See Verb table
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happen on/upon The landing is supposed to have happened on December 27,1980.How often do events of this sort, which leave no enduring geological record, happen on Earth?The accident happened on Interstate 84 in Manchester, about 10 miles east of Hartford, during evening rush hour.And what would happen on nanny's nights off?There's nothing that happens on the estate which I don't know about.That happened on the first and second of the month.I want to travel around and talk to people about what is happening on the ground.When I explained what had happened on the train he shook his head and said one should never trust the Moors.
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Verb table
happen
Simple Form
Present
ithappens
happen
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Past
it, theyhappened
Present perfect
theyhave happened
ithas happened
Past perfect
it, theyhad happened
Future
it, theywill happen
Future perfect
it, theywill have happened
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Continuous Form
Present
theyare happening
itis happening
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Past
theywere happening
itwas happening
Present perfect
theyhave been happening
ithas been happening
Past perfect
it, theyhad been happening
Future
it, theywill be happening
Future perfect
it, theywill have been happening
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