I'm aware that you can use 正好 or 碰巧 to express low probability in statements, equivalent to English "happen to" .



How can you use this same idea in a question?

"Do you happen to have an eyeglass screwdriver?"

Edit: I want to express that I'm aware the probability of them having the [unusual item] is low, but that I'm asking anyway.


Normally you wouldn't translate happen in questions like the one you proposed.

But, if you really wanted to - the best equivalent I can think of for doing this would be by adding:


at the beginning of a question.

So your question would end up being something like:



Do you happen to have a spaceship?


Translate:- "Do you happen to have an eyeglass screwdriver?"

In this particular situation where the serendipitous element of "accidental / surprise" is absent, ((which "happen to", 碰巧, (as 碰, "to meet, bump into"), would imply)), I would prefer to use 也许, (maybe, perhaps) as an interrogative.

Perhaps in reply to the question, 正好 could be used sensibly.

So, the question:- 你也许有眼镜螺丝刀吗? -- "Maybe / perhaps you have eyeglass screwdriver?"

To answer:- 我正好有一个 -- (I happened to have one)


We use 正好 more in daily conversation between friends or family talking cause this is not a word that formally.

So we would probably not use this word to someone we don't that familiar with.

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