Indicative vs. Subjunctive 
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to take place)
a. suceder
Everything happened too fast.Todo sucedió demasiado rápido.
b. ocurrir
I can't believe what just happened.No puedo creer lo que acaba de ocurrir.
c. pasar
Everything bad happens to me!¡Todo lo malo me pasa a mí!
2. (to occur by chance)
a. de casualidad (adverb)
If you happen to come by the office, we could get a coffee.Si de casualidad te pasas por la oficina, podemos tomar un café.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (take place)
a. pasar, ocurrir, suceder
it happened ten years agopasó hace diez años
as it happens,…precisamente…, casualmente…
what has happened to him?¿qué le ha pasado?
to happen to meet somebodyencontrarse con alguien por casualidad
I happen to know that…resulta que sé que…
happen [ˈhæpən]
intransitive verb
1 (occur) pasar; ocurrir; suceder
what's happening? ¿qué pasa or ocurre or sucede?; how did it happen? ¿cómo pasó or ocurrió or sucedió?; ¿cómo fue?; these things happen estas cosas pasan; son cosas que pasan; when did the accident happen? ¿cuándo ocurrió or sucedió el accidente?; whatever happens pase lo que pase; don't let it happen again que no vuelva a ocurrir; as if nothing had happened como si nada; como si tal cosa
nothing happened when I pressed the switch the accident happened close to Martha's Vineyard let's pretend it never happened
how does it happen that ...? ¿cómo es posible que ...?
how did it happen that a veritable army of police officers failed to find her? how can it happen that everyone is off sick at once?
what has happened to him? (befall) ¿qué le ha pasado?; (become of) ¿qué ha sido de él?; it's the best thing that ever happened to me es lo mejor que me ha pasado en la vida; if anything should happen to him ... si le pasara algo ...
a funny thing happened to me if anything happened to me, my wife would have enough money
it's all happening here aquí es donde está la movida or marcha (informal)
Bill Lawry in the commentary box was struggling to justify his stock phrases of 'brilliant" and 'it's all happening here at the MCG"
2 (chance)
it happened that I was out that day dio la casualidad de que or resulta que aquel día estuve fuera; it might happen that no one turns up puede ocurrir que no venga nadie
if it happens that I'm wanted badly somewhere, my mother will phone through to me here
if you happen to see John, let him know si acaso vieras a John or si da la casualidad de que ves a John, díselo; I happen to know that ... da la casualidad de que sé que ...; he just happens to be here now da la casualidad de que está aquí ahora; if anyone should happen to see you si acaso alguien te viera; would you happen to have a pen? ¿no tendrá un bolígrafo por casualidad?; it happens to be true da la casualidad de que es verdad
I happened to be there
as it happens ..., it (just) so happens that ... da la casualidad de que ...
I do know him, as it happens pues da la casualidad de que sí le conozco
it just so happened that we didn't agree on anything she called Amy to see if she had any idea of her son's whereabouts - as it happened, Amy had
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