(something) occurs to you

This page is about the idiom (something) occurs to you


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

a. not at all surprised

b. very surprised

c. expecting it to happen

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Contributor: Matt Errey