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An example use of happens in a speech by a native speaker of american english:
“… so what happens when you get sick you …”
the word happens occurs in english on average 109.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.