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    it has happened to me that

    What does "it has happened to me that" in "It has happened to me that I have forgotten to set it at the start."

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    Re: it has happened to me that

    That's a very unnatural (I would go so far as to say ungrammatical) sentence. Where did you find it?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: it has happened to me that

    It sounds pretty natural (and grammatical) to me as something someone would say when talking about their experience.

    It's happened to me that... = I have personal experience of...

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    #4

    Re: it has happened to me that

    It sounds to me like "it has occurred to me that I have forgotten...""

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    #5

    Re: it has happened to me that

    It has happened that I have forgotten to set it at the start.
    This is possible, though there are more natural things like I have been known to forget to set it.

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    #6

    Re: it has happened to me that

    This is what hhtt21 asked in another forum, which is in Turkish. I translated the sentence into Turkish. But the literal translation didn't seem to work in Turkish. So I made some small edits to make the sentence more Turkish. The following is the version with my edits:

    An event has happened to me in which I have forgotten to set it at the start.

    Is it correct English?

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    #7

    Re: it has happened to me that

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    That's a very unnatural (I would go so far as to say ungrammatical) sentence. Where did you find it?
    "It's from subtitle of a series of a video lectures."

    https://confluence.cornell.edu/displ...low+-+Geometry

    Thank you.

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    Re: it has happened to me that

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    It sounds pretty natural (and grammatical) to me as something someone would say when talking about their experience.

    It's happened to me that... = I have personal experience of...

    Can "live through" be an alternative?

    Thank you.

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    #9

    Re: it has happened to me that

    Quote Originally Posted by angelsrolls View Post
    An event has happened to me in which I have forgotten to set it at the start.
    Does the following work? I once forgot to set it at the beginning.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: it has happened to me that

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Does the following work? I once forgot to set it at the beginning.
    Quote Originally Posted by angelsrolls View Post
    An event has happened to me in which I have forgotten to set it at the start.

    I guess I was misunderstood. This is the word-for-word English translation of my translation of the original into Turkish. I had tried to translate the orginal literally, only to end up with a clumpsy sentence. So I added the word event and now it sounds fine to me. While wandering around the forum, I saw this thread. Some of you found the original unnatural. So I thought I should jump in to ask how my version would sound to you.

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