I usually say "c'est tombé sur quelqu'un" when something fortunate has fallen in your lap, as in:

Il n’y avait qu’une chance sur mille de gagner, et c'est tombé sur ma sœur !

But is it possible to use the phrase when something unpleasant has happened to you, as in:

On aurait dit que le chef cherchait quelqu'un sur qui passer sa colère. Et hélas, c'est tombé sur moi...

Or will this be taken as a sarcastic remark, making it sound as if you consider a spot of bad luck to be a blessing in disguise when it is actually not?

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Yes, c'est tombé sur... can be used regardless of whether it is good or bad luck. It is not sarcastic in the latter case.

  • I suppose this is an expression reserved for an informal conversation. What would be a moderately formal alternative? Dec 21, 2017 at 13:38
  • Le sort m'a choisi, le hasard t'a désigné, les dieux lui ont été favorables, la chance nous a souri...
    – jlliagre
    Dec 21, 2017 at 14:20

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