Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

See it coming

see something coming
1) predict or realize something before it happens
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    • see the drop in sales coming
  • Analysis

    When you 'see something coming, it means you were prepared for or expected something to happen. To 'see something coming', means that you have the foresight or were able to predict that something would come about.  Similar in meaning to 'predict' to 'foresee' or to 'prognosticate'.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I'm not surprised Alex had a bit of a breakdown. With the stress he has at home and the long hours he works, I could definitely see it coming.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I can't believe the business went under like that. Nobody saw it coming.
    2. We could see the recent drop in sales coming due to over-saturation of the market, and put contingencies in place to limit the damage.
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