Then, in what seemed like it was out of the blue, they started to interact.

This is what I'm trying to say but it's definitely phrased wrong. How should this be phrased?

  • You need to give more context, your sentence is too abstract. Why in what? Who are they, and what kind of interaction?
    – fev
    Sep 23, 2022 at 18:27
  • do you want it to be funny, serious, etc... what is the mood and what will this interaction lead to? I think is all important questions in order to set the mood sorta saying.
    – Ahdee
    Sep 23, 2022 at 20:30

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Then, unexpectedly, they started to interact.

Springs to mind immediately. You could also substitute surprisingly, out of nowhere, or, my favorite: apropos of nothing.


If you really want to use that expression you can say

Then, out of the blue, they started to interact.

More safely you can say

They unexpectedly started to interact.

But it depends on the context, and how unexpected it was. Don't throw in a metaphor without good reason. I've read non-native English language newspapers that throw in all the supposedly relevant metaphors the writer knows, but the copy doesn't usually work very well.

  • You can add another word to the sentence. "Then, quite unexpectedly, they started to interact".
    – banuyayi
    Sep 23, 2022 at 19:59

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