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occur to

Meaning: If a thought or an idea occurs to you, it comes to you.

Synonym: come to

For example:

  • sth occurs to sb When did the idea of going back to university occur to you?

  • occur to sb that While I was playing with my daughter, it occurred to me that she was starting to look more and more like my wife.

Nouns often used as subjects with
occur to: idea, thought, solution, plan

Quick Quiz:

I knew that money was missing from the company, but it never occurred to me that my partner was stealing it because I had
  1. always suspected him
  2. never understood him
  3. always trusted him

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