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Pronunciation: /ˈhæpən/

Translation of happen in Spanish:

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • 1 1.1 (occur) pasar, suceder, ocurrir, acaecer* [literary/literario] what's happened? ¿qué ha pasado or sucedido or ocurrido? don't let it happen again que no vuelva a pasar or suceder or ocurrir how did the accident happen? ¿cómo ocurrió el accidente? she acted as though nothing had happened hizo como si nada hubiera pasado nothing ever happens round here aquí nunca pasa nada whatever happens, we'll stand by you pase lo que pase, te apoyaremos these things happen son cosas que pasan worse things happen at sea (British English/inglés británico) no es el fin del mundo, más se perdió en la guerra or (especially Spain/especialmente España) en Cuba it's all happening here la movida es aquí hi, what's happening? (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar] hola ¿qué tal? ¿qué es de tu vida? [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • The accident happened at the Namuang falls on the island of Koh Samui.
    • Nobody wants an accident to happen but if the present chaos continues it is inevitable.
    • Rather in keeping with the tenor of the match, one of the most significant developments happened by accident.
    1.2 (befall, become of) to happen to sb pasarle a algn a strange thing happened to me this morning esta mañana me pasó or sucedió or ocurrió una cosa extraña why does everything happen to me? ¿por qué tendrá que pasarme todo a mí? if anything happened to me, you'd inherit everything si me pasara or me ocurriera algo, lo heredarías todo tú he's very late; I hope nothing has happened to him está tardando mucho, espero que no le haya pasado or ocurrido nada what's happened to your leg? ¿qué te ha pasado en la pierna? whatever happened to all those bands of the 60s? ¿qué habrá sido de todos aquellos grupos de los años 60?
    Example sentences
    • Has anyone else had anything like any of these experiences happen to them before?
    • Courts and academics brush over what actually happens to such videos once they leave the sex shop.
    • The most difficult decision facing the school must be over what happens to Anne Williams.
  • 2to happen to + infinitive/infinitivo 2.1 (do, be by chance) she happened to be there dio la casualidad de que estaba ahí if you happen to see her, give her my love si por casualidad la ves, dale recuerdos de mi parte you don't happen to know the time of the next train, do you? ¿usted no sabrá (por casualidad) a qué hora sale el próximo tren? 2.2 (do, be actually) who's that fat guy over there? — he happens to be my brother ¿quién es ese gordo de ahí? — pues da la casualidad de que es mi hermano it was a wonderful production; I just don't happen to like opera fue una puesta excelente; lo que pasa es que a mí no me gusta la ópera

impersonal verb/verbo impersonal

  • how does it happen that he gets paid more than me? ¿cómo puede ser que gane or cómo es que gana más que yo? it may happen that you'll get a question like that in the examination puede ser que en el examen te toque una pregunta como esa it (just) so happens that I know him da la casualidad de que lo conozco as it happens, I'm going that way myself da la casualidad de que yo también voy hacia allí well, as it happens, I already knew that pues para que sepas, yo ya lo sabía as often seems to happen como suele pasar or suceder or ocurrir

Phrasal verbs

happen along

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio

happen on

happen upon verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
[acquaintance] encontrarse* or toparse con; [object] encontrarse* we happened on a wonderful restaurant in the port descubrimos un restaurante maravilloso en el puerto

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