ocurrir
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ocurrir(
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koo
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rreer
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to take place)
a. to happen
¿Sabes qué ocurrió aquí?Do you know what happened here?
ocurrirse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (to come to mind)
a. to occur to
Se me ocurre que nunca te felicité cuando te casaste.It occurs to me that I never congratulated you when you got married.
b. to have an idea
Se le ocurrió vender en mercados locales.He had the idea of selling at local markets.
c. to think of
¿Se te ocurre un título para nuestro proyecto?Can you think of a title for our project?
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ocurrir
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (suceder)
a. to happen
nadie sabe lo que ocurriónobody knows what happened
¿qué ocurre?what's the matter?
¿qué le ocurre a Juan?what's up with Juan?
¿te ocurre algo?is anything the matter?
lo que ocurre es que…the thing is…
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
2. (venir a la cabeza)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
no se me ocurre ninguna soluciónI can't think of a solution
se me ha ocurrido una ideaI've got an idea
¡ni se te ocurra!don't even think about it!
se me ocurre que…it occurs to me that…
¡se te ocurre cada cosa!you do come out with some funny things!
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ocurrir
intransitive verb
to happen
ha ocurrido algo horrible something terrible has happened; lo que ocurrió podría haberse evitado what happened could have been avoided; por lo que pudiera ocurrir because of what might happen; ocurre que ... it (so) happens that ...; ¿qué ocurre? what's going on?; ¿qué te ocurre? what's the matter?; lo que ocurre es que ... the thing is ...
pronominal verb
ocurrirse
se nos ocurrió una idea buenísima we had a brilliant idea; ¿se te ocurre algo? can you think of anything?; se le ocurrió hacerlo he thought of doing it; ¡ni se te ocurra (hacerlo)! don't even think about (doing) it!; ¡se te ocurren unas cosas! you've got some right ideas!; si se le ocurre huir if he takes it into his head to escape; ¿cómo no se te ocurrió pensar que ...? didn't it cross your mind that ...?; se me ocurre que ... it occurs to me that ...; nunca se me había ocurrido it had never crossed my mind; ¿a quién se le ocurre presentarse a medianoche? who in their right mind would turn up in the middle of the night?
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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