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    The use of because

    In speech, it is fine to use "because' at the beginning of a sentence. However, some people say it is not considered good style to do this in writing. I wonder if it is correct to use "It is" before "because" while answering the following sentence. Please note that the following question is in present tense.

    Question: Why do the pirates need to keep their ship light?
    Answer: It is because it let the ship move fast.

    Many thanks for your help!
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    Re: The use of because

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Some people say it is not considered good style to use "because' at the beginning of a sentence. I wonder if it is correct to use "It is" before "because" while answering the following sentence. Please note that the following question is in present tense.

    Question: Why do the pirates need to keep their ship light?
    Answer: It is because it let the ship move fast.

    Many thanks for your help!
    I remember someone said it's incorrect because using a conjunction after IS(or a verb) in grammar is strange.

    But you can simply ignore it, because Thackeray more than once used such a phrase.

    In daily conversation, who would say it is not good style in this case?

    In Burmese Days, a sentence:

    “Why? I don't know. Because she wanted to, I suppose.”

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    Re: The use of because

    Hi Nelson,

    In speech, it is fine to use "because' at the beginning of a sentence. Please note that I have edited my original post.
    Last edited by Winwin2011; 24-Nov-2012 at 12:33.

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    Re: The use of because

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson13 View Post
    I remember someone said it's incorrect because using a conjunction after IS(or a verb) in grammar is strange.

    But you can simply ignore it, because Thackeray more than once used such a phrase.

    In daily conversation, who would say it is not good style in this case?

    In Burmese Days, a sentence:

    “Why? I don't know. Because she wanted to, I suppose.”
    Hi Nelson,

    In speech, it is fine to use "because' at the beginning of a sentence. Please not that I have edited my original post

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    Re: The use of because

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Please not that I have edited my original post
    Please do not edit your original post after people have already responded. Such editing can make responses seem very strange/confusing.

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    Re: The use of because

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    In speech, it is fine to use "because' at the beginning of a sentence. However, soome people say it is not considered good style to use "because' at the beginning of a sentence in writing.
    It is perfectly acceptable to use 'because' at the beginning of a sentence, provided that the sentence contains a main clause:

    Because George would not receive a letter in time, Mary decided to send a telegram.
    I wonder if it is correct to use "It is" before "because" while answering the following sentence. Please note that the following question is in present tense.

    Question: Why do the pirates need to keep their ship light?
    Answer: It is because it let helps the ship move fast.
    That's fine.

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