English version

alight on/upon something

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishalight on/upon something phrasal verb formal formalto suddenly think of or notice something or someone 🔊 His mind alighted on several possible answers. alight→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
alight on/upon At least we are much nearer than we were in the era your rose-coloured glasses have alighted upon.As her torch toured the room it alighted on an extraordinary sight.Towards the central area of trees and bushes starlings streamed, alighting on branches which swayed under the weight.As more and more moths alight on her dress, she becomes increasingly hysterical.Then a great orange-and - black butterfly alighted on her knee.Five or six sparrows instantly alighted on my arms and head, gripping my skin with their bony little claws.The photographer's glance alights on small details of foliage or suddenly sweeps upwards to the open sky.Spitfire about to alight on Wasp's deck.
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Verb table
alight
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyalight
he, she, italights
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyalightedalit
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave alighted
he, she, ithas alighted
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad alighted
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill alight
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have alighted
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam alighting
he, she, itis alighting
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you, we, theyare alighting
Past
I, he, she, itwas alighting
you, we, theywere alighting
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been alighting
he, she, ithas been alighting
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been alighting
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be alighting
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been alighting
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