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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

occur, occurred, occurrence

Occur tends to be overused and can be replaced by more precise synonyms such as be, ensue, exist, find, happen or take place.

  • This mineral occurs (is found, is present) only in glacial formations.
  • When did the accident occur (happen)?

Occurred, occurrence and occurring are spelled with a double r.

  • It occurred to Randy that they would miss the ferry if they didn’t hurry.
  • There have been many strange occurrences on Citadel Hill.
  • Here are the events occurring (taking place) in the Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre this fall.