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"Occurs" is a form of "occur", an intransitive verb which is often translated as "ocurrir". "Exists" is a form of "exist", an intransitive verb which is often translated as "existir". Learn more about the difference between "occurs" and "exists" below.
occur(
uh
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kuhr
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to happen)
a. ocurrir
Emergencies don't occur every day.Las emergencias no ocurren todos los días.
b. suceder
Something amazing occurred today.Hoy sucedió algo increíble.
c. producirse
At that moment a change occured in social attitudes.En ese momento se produjo un cambio en las actitudes sociales.
d. tener lugar
The incident occured early in the game.El incidente tuvo lugar al principio del partido.
2. (to be found)
a. darse
This phenomenon occurs mainly in China.Este fenómeno se da principalmente en China.
b. encontrarse
This species occurs naturally in Australia.Esta especie se encuentra de forma natural en Australia.
3. (to come to mind)
a. ocurrirse
It never occurred to me to quit my job.Nunca se me ocurrió dejar el trabajo.
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exist(
ehg
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zihst
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to be real)
a. existir
The largest animal known to exist is the blue whale.El animal más grande conocido que existe es la ballena azul.
2. (to subsist)
a. subsistir
It is difficult for a single mother to exist on the minimum wage.Es difícil para una madre soltera subsistir con el salario mínimo.
b. sobrevivir
They existed on spaghetti, beans, and tuna when they were college students.Sobrevivieron a base de espagueti, frijoles y atún cuando eran estudiantes universitarios.
c. vivir
Ever since Sebastian became ill, he exists only on a liquid diet.Desde que enfermó Sebastián, vive solo a base de dieta de líquidos.
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