Example sentences of "[noun] happened to be " in BNC.

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1 The words happened to be the first I could enunciate .
2 And the words happened to be so very true …
3 Is that what it is– ’ Or if I was to see the doctor and my girlfriend happened to be seeing the doctor as well , this was just an excuse , according to them , for us to be together .
4 The boaters happened to be Russell Train , who ran the Federal Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) in Washington , just 50 km to the west , and Senator Charles Mac Mathias of the state of Maryland , which shares with Virginia the bay 's 13 000 km of shoreline .
5 Numerous such accidents happened whilst igniting , for if the slow fuze happened to be not so slow , or the miner inadvertently touched the straw with his candle , then he might have but a few impossible seconds to make good his escape .
6 The church had been chosen simply because its priest happened to be a friend of Eliot 's solicitor , who was also " best man " .
7 Not surprisingly , their most fanatical fan happened to be Steven Morrissey .
8 Secondly , the pooling system for higher education expenditure amongst local authorities was one which protected those authorities in which the newly-designated polytechnics happened to be situated .
9 Especially if the wheel happened to be hers .
10 Hoomey , in the next desk , was yawning , having sat up late to watch the horror film , and had a comic open on his desk which he was reading whenever his eyes happened to be open .
11 The ringing in his ears happened to be a bare half tone below the key in which he hummed music to himself .
12 The marble happened to be perfect .
13 Ruth happened to be passing , and Connor stopped her , introducing the young man .
14 Wheeler happened to be in the office when the call came through .
15 Well it was a large double-fronted house and it was sand-bagged all round and there were tables and to er , administer , you know , wardens in the unevent of air raids which they used to do and they used to patrol the streets looking for lights to see if pe my nan actually got fined once cos she , she event inadvertently went into a room and put the light on and forgot she 'd left the curtains open and an air raid warden happened to be around she , she got hauled into court and fined five pounds for that , er she er I , I once I was just thinking the other day just telling a friend of mine , they had an actual practice air raid once and in some old buildings in the Burchells and we as kids had to go and lie in there and wait till we 'd got a tag on and what would happen to us a label and they took us to the first aid post in , an ambulance came and picked us up on a stretcher and took us to the first aid post in Road .
16 In Wycliffe 's temporary office there was only one small , dirty window high up in the wall , but the sun happened to be shining through it and so his desk and chair were placed in a pool of sunlight .
17 The press had been given nothing but ‘ blurry , distorted photographs culled from television shots of occasions in the past at which North happened to be present ’ ; at best , ABC News had shown ‘ pictures of the back of a man 's head that may or may not have been North 's as the man got into an Embassy car in Cyprus on the occasion of the homeward flight of one of the hostages ’ .
18 Almost certainly the right forefinger , unless Gerry Boden happened to be a southpaw .
19 I was merely making a boring journey by river and Luxor happened to be at the end of it . ’
20 After the wedding , they were taken for breakfast to the house of the officiating priest which by curious coincidence happened to be to Kensington Church Walk , where Ezra Pound had lived many years before .
21 A NETWORK hack and photographer happened to be passing by when they spotted a well-known accountant checking the INROADS mat .
22 ‘ It would cause endless difficulties if their decision happened to be misplaced , dozy or ill thought-out . ’
23 But suppose I had found a watch upon the ground , and it should be inquired how the watch happened to be in that place ; I should hardly think of the answer which I had before given , that for anything I knew , the watch might have always been there .
24 The train at that moment happened to be rushing through a small country station and the boy , looking out , saw the stuff hit a porter smack in the face .
25 If there were spokes and the Scapegoat happened to be topside of them it could n't fall through . ’
26 This was in the early 30's when the economic war between England and the Republic was at its height and representatives of both governments happened to be attending the Imperial Economic Conference in Ottawa .
27 The French relieve you of £1.05 in tax , 63 per cent of the £1.66 pump price you would be charged if diesel happened to be sold by the gallon in Calais .
28 Bristol and Coventry happened to be playing against each other .
29 ‘ This evening happened to be a mixing of some particularly important business with just a little pleasure .
30 Matilda happened to be curled up in an arm-chair in the corner , totally absorbed in a book .
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