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    #1

    I had to start from scratch

    This sentence is also from a text I am currently writing. I am wondering if it sounds natural.

    I had to start from scratch in this country, which to me seemed strange.
    Or should I write instead "....which seemed strange to me."?

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    #2

    Re: I had to start from scratch

    The second version is more natural.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: I had to start from scratch

    "I had to start all over" is better, I think, than "I had to start from scratch".

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    #4

    Re: I had to start from scratch

    I had to start from scratch in this country, which, to me, seemed strange.

    Don't you need the commas above, for the first sentence?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: I had to start from scratch

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I had to start from scratch in this country, which, to me, seemed strange.

    Don't you need the commas above, for the first sentence?
    You could do it either way.

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    #6

    Re: I had to start from scratch

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I had to start from scratch in this country, which, to me, seemed strange.

    Don't you need the commas above, for the first sentence?
    No, Ted - the extra commas make the sentence too jerky/clunky.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 01-Jan-2017 at 10:11.

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