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the meaning of "as chance would have it"

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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by Anushka (U15402927) on Saturday, 17th November 2012

    Hello Teachers

    Could you please explain what the difference between two idioms is below because both of them look the same to me? Dear teachers the below sentences are from a dictionary.
    “As chance would have it” – ‘As chance would have it John was going to London too, so I went with him’. Dear teachers I would also like to know if this idiom can only be used in the past tense or in other tenses as well.

    “As it happens/it just so happens”- ‘I agree with you, as it happens’ ‘As it happens I know someone who might be able to help’
    Dear teachers I would also like to know if this idiom can only be used in the past tense or in other tenses as well.

    Thank you

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    Posted by Robert (U2283314) on Sunday, 18th November 2012

    There is a nuance of probability in both of these expressions, but they are used in slightly different situations.

    Having said that, it isn't clear whether you want to change the tense of 'have' and 'happen' or the tense of the verb in the main clause.

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    Posted by Anushka (U15402927) on Monday, 19th November 2012

    Hello Mr.Robert

    What I wanted to learn was that is it possible to change the tense of both, have,happen and in the main clause.
    Could you please correct the below sentences
    “As chance will have it John is going to London too, so I am going with him’” is it correct?
    “As it happened I knew someone who might be able to help’”
    And Mr. Robert could you please teach me in what kind of situations they are used and please could you mention a few examples of both with their meaning“As chance would have it and As it happens/it just so happens”

    Thank you

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