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    Default Is it fine to use "because" at the begining of a sentence in writing?

    I heard many native speakers say "because" at the beginning of a sentence in spoken English. Is it fine to use "because" at the begining of a sentence in written English?

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    Default Re: Is it fine to use "because" at the begining of a sentence in writing?

    In the right context, any word can begin a sentence, even and or but.

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    Default Re: Is it fine to use "because" at the begining of a sentence in writing?

    I'll give a longer answer.

    Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
    A: Becaues he wanted to get to the other side.
    -- Back in elementary/primary school, the teacher would mark this answer down. The teacher wanted complete sentences. "The chicken crossed the raod to get to the other side." It's only half a sentence as written.

    In real life, we'd answer that way all the time, or simply "He wanted get to the other side."

    So a "sentence" like "Because he wanted to" would be correct in most real-life contexts, but incorrect in many school settings.

    However, you can also write a complete sentence starting with "because" by changing the order. "Because the chicken wanted to get to the other side of the road, he walked across it."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Is it fine to use "because" at the begining of a sentence in writing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'll give a longer answer.

    Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
    A: Becaues he wanted to get to the other side.
    -- Back in elementary/primary school, the teacher would mark this answer down. The teacher wanted complete sentences. "The chicken crossed the raod to get to the other side." It's only half a sentence as written.

    In real life, we'd answer that way all the time, or simply "He wanted get to the other side."

    So a "sentence" like "Because he wanted to" would be correct in most real-life contexts, but incorrect in many school settings.

    However, you can also write a complete sentence starting with "because" by changing the order. "Because the chicken wanted to get to the other side of the road, he walked across it."
    Thanks a lot, Barb_D.

    That's exactly what I want to know. In many grammar exercise books for our primary schools, the model answer for something like your excellent context would usually be as follows:-

    The chicken crossed the road because he wanted to get to the other side.

    However, I've seen a model answer for something like this as follows:

    Because he wanted to get to the other side.
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 16-Aug-2012 at 18:09.

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    Default Re: Is it fine to use "because" at the begining of a sentence in writing?

    The model reflects more likely actual usage.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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