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    Default Can you begin a sentence with "When"?

    Hello,

    I was wondering if you can begin a sentence with "When". I have not heard that it is grammatically incorrect to do so and am now in the final year of a Masters Degree. I have recently been told by an academic that I should never begin a sentence with When? Can anyone help us settle this query? Thanks, Jo

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    Default Re: Can you begin a sentence with "When"?

    Quote Originally Posted by jospan View Post
    Hello,

    I was wondering if you can begin a sentence with "When". I have not heard that it is grammatically incorrect to do so and am now in the final year of a Masters Degree. I have recently been told by an academic that I should never begin a sentence with When? Can anyone help us settle this query? Thanks, Jo
    Of course you can start a sentence with when:

    When are you going to leave on vacation?

    When I arrive there, I`ll send you a postcard.

    When the telephone rang, I was having a shower.

    when - adverb:

    at what time or period? how long ago? how soon?: When are they to arrive? When did the Roman Empire exist?

    when - conjunction:

    Whenever: When the wind blows, all the doors rattle.
    During the time at which; while: When I was young, I was sick all the time.

    when - Definitions from Dictionary.com

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