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

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1 I know because many years ago I happened to be in the right place , in the ambulance I was driving at the right time and was able to e effect a rescue of an old woman from her smoke filled house at Burstill Ten minutes later I could not have done it because of the smoke .
2 It was one evening when I happened to be valeting him , Mr Charles told me he had come across my father some years earlier while a guest at Loughborough House — the home of Mr John Silvers , the industrialist , where my father served for fifteen years at the height of his career .
3 It was a massive vehicle with a 3.3 litre diesel engine , and it was marvellous because we could park for the night where we happened to be .
4 In South Island where I happened to be , validation is available only from the Canterbury Aero Club at Christchurch Airport .
5 On other days , he tended to have lunch either at the Reform or at the Oxford and Cambridge Club ; to judge by his correspondence , there were few occasions when he happened to be " free " and he was forced to arrange regular times in order to see close friends like Herbert Read .
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