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. . . the hours I’d spent hauling scrap.
When Dad saw me with one of those books, he’d try to get me away from them. Perhaps he was remembering Tyler. Perhaps he thought if he could just distract me for a few years, the danger would pass. So he made up jobs for me to do, whether they needed doing or not. One afternoon, after he’d caught me looking at the math book, he and I spent an hour hauling buckets of water across the field to his fruit trees, which wouldn’t have been at all unusual except it was during a rainstorm.

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  • What part or which words do you not understand? The phrase itself seems pretty clear, but maybe there are words you don't understand? – oerkelens Apr 30 '18 at 18:21
  • Can you please identify the parts you understand and the parts where you're having an issue? This may be closed as off-topic because we cannot identify the problem you are having with the sentence fragment. – psosuna Apr 30 '18 at 18:22
  • @oerkelens I don't understand what is the relationship between the phrase and the rest. However, the phrase itself doesn't seem to be very clear.(at least for me) – Peace Apr 30 '18 at 18:29
  • @psosuna Could you tell me to which words refer "which" and "it"? ("which" wouldn’t have been at all unusual except "it" was during a rainstorm) – Peace Apr 30 '18 at 18:32
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    @ Mari-Lou I think I get the point. It means it would be usual but not during a rainstorm. Is it correct? – Peace Apr 30 '18 at 19:00


In response to the comment on the original question:

'Which' and 'it' both refer to the phrase directly before;

he and I spent an hour hauling buckets of water across the field to his fruit trees

I am really not sure how to better explain this...

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