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'Happen to know' vs 'know by chance'



 
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'Happen to know' vs 'know by chance' #1 (permalink) Sun Oct 07, 2007 7:33 am   'Happen to know' vs 'know by chance'
 

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ESL/EFL Test #251 "Polite Indirect Questions & Statements Test (1)", question 4

New York is such a big city. ......... where the subway station is?

(a) Do you happen to know
(b) You tell me
(c) You know

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ESL/EFL Test #251 "Polite Indirect Questions & Statements Test (1)", answer 4

New York is such a big city. Do you happen to know where the subway station is?

Correct answer: (a) Do you happen to know
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'Happen to know' vs 'know by chance' #2 (permalink) Sun Oct 07, 2007 9:20 am   'Happen to know' vs 'know by chance'
 

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What seems to be the problem?
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'Happen to know' vs 'know by chance' #3 (permalink) Sun Oct 07, 2007 14:58 pm   'Happen to know' vs 'know by chance'
 

I know the correct answer is a, because is the only option with the auxiliary verb do. Although i don't know what the expression "happen to know" means

Can you explain me?

I learned to ask: Could you tell me...? Do you know...? but not this option showed here
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'Happen to know' vs 'know by chance' #4 (permalink) Sun Oct 07, 2007 15:51 pm   'Happen to know' vs 'know by chance'
 

Forastero wrote:
I know the correct answer is a, because is the only option with the auxiliary verb do. Although i don't know what the expression "happen to know" means

Can you explain this to me?

I learned to ask: Could you tell me...? Do you know...? but not this option showed here


"Happen to know" basically means "know by chance".

You could rephrase the sentence this way:
"Do you by any chance know where the subway station is?"
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'Happen to know' vs 'know by chance' #5 (permalink) Sun Oct 07, 2007 16:15 pm   'Happen to know' vs 'know by chance'
 

Oh, thanks a lot Amy. It's a very useful courtesy form. In spanish it's very common: "por casualidad" and I didn't know how to say it in english
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'Happen to know' vs 'know by chance' #6 (permalink) Mon Apr 26, 2010 22:42 pm   'Happen to know' vs 'know by chance'
 

Typo.
New York is such a big city. ......... wherethe subway station is?
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'Happen to know' vs 'know by chance' #7 (permalink) Mon Apr 26, 2010 23:05 pm   'Happen to know' vs 'know by chance'
 

Gheon wrote:
Typo.
New York is such a big city. ......... wherethe subway station is?


There is no typo in the first post:
"... where the subway station is?"
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'Happen to know' vs 'know by chance' #8 (permalink) Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:18 am   'Happen to know' vs 'know by chance'
 

No, but the space omission exists in the original test. The author will take care of that typo as soon as possible. Thanks, Gheon.
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