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    I'm writing a paragraph about an unforgettable experience. If I begin the sentence with the following sentences, which one is acceptable or better?

    1. The event occurred when I was in elementary school.
    2. The event occurred when I was an elementary school student.
    3. The experience occurred when I was an elementary school student.
    4. The thing occurred when I was an elementary school student.
    5. The matter occurred when I was an elementary school student.

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    Default Re: occur/happen

    Without more context, I prefer 1, 2, and 3.

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    Default Re: occur/happen

    I see "happen" in the title, but not in the body of the OP. Is that deliberate or a mistake?
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    If the verb "occurred" replaced by "happened" as written. Are the following sentences correct?

    1. The event happened when I was in elementary school.

    2. The event happened when I was an elementary school student.
    3. The experience happened when I was an elementary school student.

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    Default Re: occur/happen

    1 & 2 are fine IMO. I wouldn't use happened/occurred with experience​ here, but others may see things differently.

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