One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the accident occurred at about 3.30 p.m.’
happen, take place, come about, transpire, materialize, chance, arise, crop up, turn out, fall, come, fall out, pass off
North American informal go down
literary come to pass, befall, betide
2‘the disease occurs chiefly in tropical climates’
be found, be present, exist, be met with, appear, prevail, present itself, show itself, manifest itself, turn up
3‘an idea occurred to her’
enter one's head, enter one's mind, cross one's mind, come to mind, spring to mind, come to one, strike one, hit one, dawn on one, suggest itself, present itself, come into one's consciousness
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