January 27, 2014

“Happen that/to …”

An infinitive plus हुआ can express “happen that/to …”, for instance:

आपका यहां कैसे आना हुआ – “How did you happen to come here?” (i.e. “Why have you come here”?)

हमारा ट्रेन में एक दूसरे के पास बैठना हुआ – “We happened to sit next to each other on the train”

One can also say ऐसा हुआ कि:

संयोग (सेऐसा हुआ कि हम रस्ते पर मिले – “Coincidentally, it so happened that we met along the way”

This expression can be used in other contexts, of course:

पहली बार ऐसा हुआ कि एक अधिकारी ने अपने पद का त्याग कर दिया – “For the first time ever, an official resigned his office”