I hit the nail on the head when I had to decide to build this project from scratch.

  • Seems like a non-sequitur to me. Dec 28, 2021 at 16:50
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    What is your problem with it? Grammar, mixed metaphor, or what?
    – Stuart F
    Dec 28, 2021 at 16:51
  • I am just wondering about its general usage. Dec 28, 2021 at 17:08

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This doesn't sound right because the phrase 'hit the nail on the head' implicitly suggests that one has chosen the right option amongst a choice of options. But in your sentence there isn't any sense of there being a search for options. In other words, some contextual information is missingand this might require additional sentences.

Although classically, the unit of sense is the sentence, in some/many cases the sense is carroed across several sentences.

Plus stylistically speaking, the sentence seems rather cliched. After all, you've used two cliches in one sentence: "hitting the nail on the head" and "from scratch".

  • Hi, Mozibur. Thank you for your answer. That makes much sense. What about this sentence? "I hit the nail on the head with my idea of changing this project from A to B". Does this make more sense? Dec 28, 2021 at 17:07

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