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    Default The usage of the word "hence"

    Hello everyone...

    Just found this site today and I'm so glad I did. I'm from Pakistan and my primary language is urdu, however as english was also a major part of my schooling thats why I always made sure that I learn its proper usage at every step of my life. I'm very fond of book reading and that also helped me a great deal in improving my english.

    I still have a long way but I am 21 and I am sure with the passage of time, I'd manage to have a good control over this language.

    Coming to the point, I was confused about the usage of the word "hence."

    Can we start a sentence with it? If yes then I'd highly appreciate if you could give me some examples as well.

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: The usage of the word "hence"

    No, it is not used at the beginning of a sentences because of its adverbial role in the sentence.

    I am hard of hearing, hence, the hearing aid.

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    Default Re: The usage of the word "hence"

    Maybe this is an AmE and BrE difference, but 'hence' does come at the start of a sentence sometimes here when it's suprasentential. These examples are taken from the British National Corpus; don't they work for you?

    • ...quite a few people have mistaken impressions from the media. Hence, during my time in post I have made a positive effort to spread the...
    • ...also to the integration of context and knowledge in the different processing stages. Hence the current study forms the first part of a contextual recognition system.
    • ...especially if the process was to be attempted on a small personal computer. Hence other methods were tried in order to reduce the memory overheads, and comparisons were made...

    Source: [Davies/BYU] BYU-BNC: British National Corpus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Maybe this is an AmE and BrE difference, but 'hence' does come at the start of a sentence sometimes here when it's suprasentential. These examples are taken from the British National Corpus; don't they work for you?
    • ...quite a few people have mistaken impressions from the media. Hence, during my time in post I have made a positive effort to spread the...
    • ...also to the integration of context and knowledge in the different processing stages. Hence the current study forms the first part of a contextual recognition system.
    • ...especially if the process was to be attempted on a small personal computer. Hence other methods were tried in order to reduce the memory overheads, and comparisons were made...
    Source: [Davies/BYU] BYU-BNC: British National Corpus
    It might be a British/American difference, but it certainly isn't a British/Canadian difference. We routinely start sentences with "hence" and the examples above are perfectly adequate so I won't add any.

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    Default Re: The usage of the word "hence"

    Thank u so much everyone for ur help. It helped me a great deal in clearing up my confusion. I really appreciate that!

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