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kevins
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:32:24 AM
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Hello :) The scenario is like this:

I said goodbye to one of my Canadian friends after a dinner. After a few days, I would leave Canada forever.
Then, in the day before my departure, I met him on street coincidentally. I said, "Oh, I didn't expect to see you again!"

I wanted to express my happy surprise to see him. It is a happy coincidence.
My question is, however, could my words be misunderstood as "I didn't want to see you again"?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:53:04 AM

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Hi kevins.

I don't think that it could be misinterpreted.

"Expect" and "want" are not really synonyms - but mainly, your tone of voice, and your facial expression would normally show that you are pleased to see them again.
kevins
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 5:58:54 AM
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Thank you, Drag0nspeaker.
Your clarification makes me feel not guilty to him anymore :)
kevins
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 6:08:50 AM
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Could you please tell me a better way to express my happy surprise?Think
NKM
Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2015 1:08:27 PM

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You might have said, "What a pleasant surprise to see you again!"

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