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Are there any phrases or idiomatic ways of replacing it strikes as a rather odd in the context of the following sentence

It however strikes the examiner as a rather odd that the candidate did not include a proper analysis on the issue

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    What difference in meaning do you want to convey with a different word or phrase? – The Photon Dec 7 '20 at 0:19
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    "It seems rather strange to the examiner..." – Kate Bunting Dec 7 '20 at 9:31
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Just remove the "a" before "rather". The word "odd" is an adjective, and "rather" is an adverb of degree. Since "odd" is an adjective, you don't use the article "a" with it.

However, it strikes the examiner as rather odd that the candidate did not include a proper analysis on the issue.

(If I were writing the sentence, I would start it "However, it strikes...", not "It however strikes ...")

The sentence would also be grammatical as

However, it strikes the examiner as a rather odd thing that the candidate...

With the addition of the noun "thing", an article "a" would be required.

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