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(something) occurs to you

Meaning: If something occurs to you, you think of it.

For example:

  • I was surprised when I heard that Anne had quit. It had never occurred to me that she wasn't happy working here.

  • Has it ever occurred to you that your daughter's happiness is more important than what your friends might think if they know she's gay?

Quick Quiz:

It had never occurred to Ursula that her husband might run off with a younger woman one day. She was
  1. not at all surprised
  2. very surprised
  3. expecting it to happen

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