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Chloé et Sarah vivent toutes les deux, coïncidence, à Tokyo.

Chloé et Sarah ont toutes les deux, coïncidence, 30 ans.

In conversation, I tend to use "coïncidence" parenthetically like this without any preceding word ("une"/"quelle"). Is this usage (not found in a dictionary entry) considered generally acceptable?

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Yes, this kind of incise is common, especially in spoken French, with coïncidence and other terms like surprise.

It is a shortened version of quelle coïncidence !, quelle surprise !, and is often used ironically.

A similar interjection can be "tada !" (reproducing the sound of a drum roll).

Due to its mainly oral usage, it is difficult to find occurrences of coïncidence used that way but here is a similar usage:

Sur la base d'un vote de 129 entraîneurs, c'est - quelle surprise ! - le Français Zinedine Zidane qui a été couronné.
Le Point, 1998

  • When you have a preposition, where do you place "coïncidence"? The first one, I take it? "Chloe et Sarah vivent toutes les deux, coïncidence, à Tokyo." or "Chloe et Sarah vivent toutes les deux à, coïncidence, Tokyo." – Con-gras-tue-les-chiens Jun 21 at 21:22
  • The location of these incises is flexible. In addition to both of your valid suggestions, that might also be Chloé et Sarah, coïncidence, vivent toutes les deux à Tokyo and Chloé et Sarah vivent, coïncidence, toutes les deux à Tokyo. – jlliagre Jun 21 at 21:39
  • I see. Which one is your personal favourite? – Con-gras-tue-les-chiens Jun 21 at 22:01
  • Vivent, coïncidence, toutes les deux... – jlliagre Jun 21 at 22:09
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I think it's ok. Maybe not the way I would put things, I would probably say instead :

Il se trouve que Chloé at Sarah ont toutes les deux trente ans.

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