by accident and by chance I ran into him by accident. I ran into him by chance. are they both natural? Thank you!
Dec 1, 2014 12:13 PM
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It depends on your meaning. 'By accident' and 'by chance' don't have exactly the same meaning. If 'I ran into him' means 'I met him in the street', for example, you would be more likely to say 'by chance' in this situation. This means 'I happened to run into him' ie you hadn't arranged to meet, and you didn't expect to see him. 'By accident' is mainly used when you have done something wrong, but not deliberately. It is the opposite of on 'purpose'. So, if 'I ran into him' means, for example, that I physically banged into him during a football match, then you could say 'by accident'. This would mean that you didn't deliberately bump into him, or that you didn't do this 'on purpose'.
December 1, 2014
Yes, they are both fine.
December 1, 2014
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