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What is the role of "happen to" here?


Native speaker’s answer


"Happen to" here means "by chance". He is being somewhat sarcastic and saying that he doesn't "by chance" fit the role of a "dumb, insensitive suburban husband", even though that role is not necessarily something that happens "by chance". In other words, he is using "happen to" here to emphasize that he doesn't fit that role.

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