Grammatik

by N

The 'chance' and 'design' group

These nouns are used to indicate whether something that happened was intended or not. Appointment, arrangement, and mistake are count nouns.
It was only by chance that we found out there were three or four other people there.
Whether by design or accident his timing was perfect.
The boy had let off a fire extinguisher in the house by mistake.
  • by accident
  • by appointment
  • by arrangement
  • by chance
  • by choice
  • by coincidence
  • by default
  • by design
  • by fluke
  • by good fortune
  • by happenstance
  • by luck
  • by mistake
  • by necessity
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