by accident x by chance


Senior Member
Hi, pls is it possible to interchange these two sentences withoung a change of meaning?

I met him by accident.
I met him by chance.

Thank you
  • JamesM

    Senior Member
    The two phrases are not always interchangeable in all contexts, but in this particular context I'd say they are completely interchangeable with no change in meaning, at least to me.

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    Australian Australia
    Luck does not always come in the 'good' variety. To my way of thinking an accident is more likely to be a negative thing while chance is a fifty-fifty thing.

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