Absolutely yes, and I also believe there's no reason it can't refer to a positive. EXAMPLE: My boss gave me huge praise in the meeting, and we had been arguing before so I surely didn't see that coming!moodywop said:If your neighbours split up can you still say I didn't see it coming?
Most of the time, the phrase speaks to a negative situation, however, there are times when it is used to the contrary, i.e., to express a pleasant surprise.moodywop said:La differenza è che I didn't see it coming riguarda sempre qualcosa di negativo (o almeno penso) mentre non l'avrei mai immaginato può anche riguardare una buona notizia.
A question for native speakers: can I didn't see it coming only refer to something that affects you personally? If your neighbours split up can you still say I didn't see it coming?
I think it's almost always used in the negative, but not prohibited (nor destined to be misunderstood) in the positive.moodywop said:he had it coming (to him). Again, wouldn't this always refer to something negative? With the added implication that the guy got what he deserved?
dur.ac.ukMy current situation, in literary terms, would thus be an example of peripeteia. Family one moment, no family the next. I didn't see it coming, nobody else saw it coming, but when I sit down and really think about it, it was inevitable. My parents divorced because they were too far apart all the time;