“What a coincidence! I was just about to call you.”
A friend who you used to work with calls you. You were thinking about this friend earlier today, so you mention this when you answer the phone.
What a coincidence! I was just about to call you.
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A "coincidence" is when something that seems unlikely happens. Here are some examples of coincidences:
- You're vacationing in another country, and you run into one of your friends from college who's on a vacation there as well.
- You check your account balance at an ATM, and the amount of money in your account is exactly equal to the year that you were born.
- Three movies come out in the same season which are all based on the same children's story.
When something coincidental happens, you can say:
What a coinclidence!
Use this expression to talk about something that you were planning to do next. For example, at work:
A: Hey, are you busy?
B: Actually, I was just about to leave. What do you need?
This expression is useful in situations where you're a little bit late doing something:
A: Hey, can you send me those sales projections?
B: Yes, sorry. I was just about to do that.
This makes it seem like you were already planning to send them soon, even if this person didn't remind you.