Incorrect spelling, explanation: a number of English users make a common mistake in the spelling of the word occur. Namely, they believe that the second syllable of the word has the ending our, which results in an incorrect form
occour. This spelling, however, is wrong so pay attention not to make it the next time you write the word.
Correct spelling, explanation: the word occur appeared in English in late 15th century coming from a Latin base form occurrere, which used to mean to meet or to be present. Today, occur is a regular verb, which appears in a variety of formal and informal contexts.
Definition of occur:
1. verb – to happen,
An accident is going to occur if they don’t rebuild the road there.
2. verb – to be, to exist,
More and more crimes seem to occur in our neighborhood.
Collocations with occur
The word occur is usually followed by the preposition to:
A strange thing seemed to occur to me yesterday – somebody left a bunch of flowers on my desk at work.
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