By (way of) chance

brm

Senior Member
French/France
Hello

What's the difference between "by chance" and "by way of chance"? Is it only a matter of spoken/written language, of style?

Thank you.
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    "By way of chance" sounds like a wordy and literary way to write "by chance". If you had some context for the phrases, people might be able to give you some idea why a writer would use "by way of chance".
     

    greatbear

    Banned
    India - Hindi & English
    "By way of chance" usually makes the chance sound more of a chance! It is of course also more wordy and so may be more suitable to the writer's overall style. More context would certainly help.
     
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