A book of mine says that geschehen is only used in the 3rd person singular, thus es geschieht, es geschah or es ist geschehen.

But, since this verb translates as "to happen" or "to occur", can't it be used in plural conjugation?

If I want to say "things happen", must I find an alternative to "Sachen geschehen"?

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    It's always wise to look in another book, too.
    – Beta
    Jan 27, 2019 at 7:49
  • geschehen can be used in the plural, but you cannot translate a saying word for word. Sachen geschehen is not an appropriate translation for things happen.
    – David Vogt
    Jan 27, 2019 at 11:31

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No, in my opinion there is no need to search further,

"Sachen geschehen" or "Sachen passieren" is the correct translation for "things happen"

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