#100 – TO OCCUR TO

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“It never occurred to me that she might be having an affair with her boss”
“Didn’t it occur to you that you should book the restaurant in advance?”
“Has it ever occurred to you that visiting www.teacherluke.co.uk could be a great step in improving your English?”

Hello there! You are listening to A Phrasal Verb A Day. My name is Luke Thompson and something just occured to me. I just thought I wonder how many of my listeners actually visit the website the “teacherluke.co.uk”. I am sure that it is not as many as who actually listen. And, it suddenly occured to me that maybe they should, maybe they should go to “teacherluke.co.uk” and find that, basically it is a place where all your dreams can come true. I wonder if it has ever occured to you to visit the page as well as just listening to these episodes, you may find more stuff that you can use to improve your english in various ways.

So, that’s right, this is phrasal verb episode number 90, erm, no this one hundred! THIS IS The 100TH EPISODE!!! (Too little excitement, don’t you think? :) ) Yes! We’ve made it, we’ve made to episode 100 which is some sort of landmark. But we know, we all know that the real target is episode number 365, that’s going to be the moment when I actually finally achieve my dream, and do provide you with a phrasal verb for every day in a year. I’m not specifying which year it is, but ultimately 365 episodes for 365 days, that’s the target.

Anyway, this phrasal verb is “To occur to someone”. It is never passive. It is always just used in the active form. If something occurs to you, then it means that an idea suddenly arrived in your head, you suddenly started thinking about an idea, suddenly just it, sort of, you just realised something or something came into your mind, erm, for example: “That never occurred to me before” ,which is quite common. It is often used in a negative form “That never occured to me” and in a question form “Hasn’t it ever occured to you that bla-bla-bla?”. “Didn’t it occur to you to do that?” You know, if someone is angry with you, you could say
S1: “I can’t believe that you didn’t book the restaurant. Didn’t it occur to you that maybe you needed to book it? Unbelievable. Now this negotiation is never gonna work. This dinner was of crucial importance. Didn’t that occur to you?”.
S2: “Erm, I’m really sorry. It just didn’t occur to me. You know, I just felt sure that we wouldn’t need to make a booking, I mean, we come here for dinner all the time. It is never a problem. It just didn’t occur to me”.
S1: “Yeah, that’s the problem, isn’t it? It just didn’t occur to you!? You didn’t think, did you?”
Ok, that’s just an example. So, “To occur to someone” means it just comes into your brain, and you think of it. Alright? Good. Has it ever occured to you that maybe leaving comments underneath these episodes could be a good way to practise using these phrasal verbs? Why don’t you try doing that? Some people already do it. There is, like, a few comments growing under each episode here. It is really great to read your comments. Thanks a lot for doing that.

That’s the end of this landmark episode of A Phrasal Verb A Day, episode number 100. I will be carrying on in due course. Has it ever occured to you that maybe you should tell your friends about A Phrasal Verb A Day so that they can also benefit from this free service? That’s right, it is free for better or worse. Has it ever occured to you that you could perhaps, help me do these episodes by sending a small donation to me? You can do that by visiting “teacherluke.co.uk”, there’s a little button, on almost every page, certainly on the bottom left corner of every page there’s a donate button. You can click that and make a very secure, simple donation. I would appreciate it very, very much. Thanks for listening. Speak to you again soon, but for now, goodbye.