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I wanted to express that something appeared very unexpectedly. Is it even possible to say something like that:

The job came up very unexpectedly.

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    Idiomatically it's very common to say something came up unexpectedly. But although it's not "wrong", I'd have to say I doubt many native speakers would normally use very there (if I wanted to add emphasis in such a context, I'd probably go for completely or totally). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jun 22 '15 at 18:30
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    "Totally unexpectedly" is jarring to me because it's two "-ly" adverbs in a row. I don't know that I've ever heard that phrase said. "Totally unexpected," yes. "Totally unexpectedly," no. – user124384 Jun 22 '15 at 18:45
  • Someone VtCed this as dictionary-def, but the first couple I tried (M-W, TFD) had nothing relevant, so this seems a little more interesting than just a bare lookup. – Nathan Tuggy Jun 22 '15 at 19:51
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    Instead of very, try so or quite. – Damkerng T. Jun 22 '15 at 20:05
  • @FumbleFingers To you, as a native speaker it sounds a little strange, doesn't it? I mean with very. – Dmitrii Bundin Jun 22 '15 at 20:37
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The job came up very unexpectedly.

If a job or opportunity comes up, it happens or becomes available.

There is nothing wrong with the sentence in question in light of this meaning.

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