WOTW: occasion

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - occasion

“Occasion” is a noun. It has two different means. The first of which is more useful for English learners. The second is more formal. Let’s see some examples.


The main meaning of the noun “occasion” is a specific event, or the time a specific event happens.


+ I have many beautiful dresses but few occasions to wear them anymore.

+ On several occasions we stayed up until four in the morning chatting.

+ There was only one other occasion, but it was years ago.

+ On all four occasions, patients were transferred to another hospital.

+ England has only won the World Cup on one occasion in 1966.


Related to that “occasion” also means a special event, ceremony, or celebration.


+ She gave him a gold watch to mark the occasion.

+ The staff had a party to celebrate the occasion.

+ I’m saving this champagne for a special occasion.

+ Wedding are important and expensive occasions in many parts of the world.

+ The school entrance ceremony was a formal occasion with the parents all dressed smartly.


The other meaning of the noun “occasion” in formal English, is a reason or a cause.


+ This is the first time I have had occasion to complain about the service.

+ There is no special occasion to buy that stuff.

+ As an academic, I had no occasion to worry about sports or fitness until now.

+ There may be occasions at work or a home to lose your cool, but it’s usually not helpful.


The pronunciation is /əˈkeɪʒn/.


This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.


この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。



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