Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

start (over/afresh/anew/from scratch)

start overstart afreshstart anewstart from scratch
1) begin again
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    • don't worry, we can start over/afresh/anew
  • Analysis
     To 'start over' is to begin again, sometimes doing the same thing in a different way. To 'start afresh' means to start again from scratch. To 'start anew' is to stop what you are doing and do it again in a different way. To 'start from scratch' is to begin something from the start without any prior preparation or knowledge. 
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. We've been arguing so much lately. Do you think we could just start afresh?
    2. We were having terrible trouble in our relationship, but we decided to put everything behind us and start anew.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Okay, everyone, a serious error has been discovered, so we need to start over.
    2. You can't just pretend you know what you're doing. I think we should just start from scratch.
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