Ma reggel így keltem: el fogom veszíteni a munkámat, utána kimegyek a Trafalgar térre és találok egy 5 fontos bankjegyet, utána belebotlok egy régi ismerősbe – nem tudom, hogy Londonban van-e, de nem számít: ez a mai tervem…
Furi, ugye? A dolgok nem így működnek. Egyszerűen csak megtörténnek, nem tudjuk irányítani őket. Ebből a videóból nyelvi magyarázatot és példákat kapsz arra, hogy hogyan tudod az ilyen gondolatokat igazán angolosan megfogalmazni:
A videó leirata itt:
Hiya! Life is exciting for some but boring for others. Life is difficult for some and easy-going for others. Life is peaceful for some yet full of struggle for others. Why is that? What makes life so vivid and dynamic?
The fact that you cannot plan every situation in your life is what makes it so dynamic. Things just happen around us. One day you go to work and the next day you lose you job. Did you plan it? Did you put into your calendar: “Today I want to lose my job”. Of course you didn’t. That would be absurd. It just happened.
Happen: when something happens, it takes place without being planned. When an accident happens, it just takes place. Nobody plans it beforehand.
It happened that I was in the street when my wife called me. Hmmm. Is there a better, nicer way to describe the same situation? Yes, there is! Here we go:
I happened to be in the street when my wife called me.
What does it mean? It means that I was in the street when she called but I didn’t plan to be there! It just happened by chance.
It happened that my friend found a 5-pound note in Trafalgar Square the other day. Can we say the same thing a bit differently? Yes, we can:
My friend happened to find a 5-pound note in Trafalgar Square the other day.
Did he plan to find the money? Did he say: “I will go to Trafalgar Square and collect that L5-note today”? No, because that’s crazy, isn’t it? He didn’t plan it. It just happened to him by chance!
It happened that I was sitting in an Italian Pizzeria when an old friend of mine turned up. And, of course you can express the same thing like this:
I happened to be sitting in an Italian Pizzeria when an old friend of mine turned up.
Did I carefully plan this situation? Of course not! It just happened to me by chance.
In conclusion, if you talk about situations that take place without any planning (by chance), just use the word ‘happen’ as shown in the previous examples.
And with that said, we’re gonna end our mini-lesson here. Now go, practise. See you soon!