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    After a full stop, therefore vs so?

    Hello, We were quizzed and there were a part about conjuctions which was made up full of "fiil in the gaps" questions. I dont remember sentences but I had used "so" and "but" after a full stop, however, teacher said that you couldn't use "so" and "but" after a full stop whereas there are "therefore" and "however".
    Is this true?

    Also, is my usage of reported speech correct?
    Thank you.

    By the way I didn't select idiom prefix and can't change it.

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    Re: After a full stop, therefore vs so?

    We can use 'so' and 'but' to start a new sentence. There are 194,000 COCA citations for the former, and over half a million for the latter.
    Last edited by 5jj; 29-Oct-2013 at 12:24. Reason: typo

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    Re: After a full stop, therefore vs so?

    Quote Originally Posted by murattopak View Post
    Hello, We were quizzed and there were a part about conjuctions which was made up full of "fiil in the gaps" questions. I dont remember sentences but I had used "so" and "but" after a full stop, however, teacher said that you couldn't use "so" and "but" after a full stop whereas there are "therefore" and "however".
    Is this true?

    Also, is my usage of reported speech correct?
    Thank you.

    By the way I didn't select idiom prefix and can't change it.
    No, that doesn't make sense. If you can use 'Therefore' and 'However' to start a new sentence, you can use 'So' and 'But'.
    I think most people would accept all these as being valid these days.

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    Re: After a full stop, therefore vs so?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, that doesn't make sense. If you can use 'Therefore' and 'However' to start a new sentence, you can use 'So' and 'But'.
    I think most people would accept all these as being valid these days.
    Thank you, I am curious about my post, is there any mistake? There must be some mistakes.

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    Re: After a full stop, therefore vs so?

    Quote Originally Posted by murattopak View Post
    Hello, We were quizzed and there were a part about conjuctions which was made up full of "fiil in the gaps" questions. I dont remember sentences but I had used "so" and "but" after a full stop, however, teacher said that you couldn't use "so" and "but" after a full stop whereas there are "therefore" and "however".
    Is this true?

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, that doesn't make sense. If you can use 'Therefore' and 'However' to start a new sentence, you can use 'So' and 'But'.
    I think most people would accept all these as being valid these days.
    Your teacher probably learned this "rule" many years ago. I also find it difficult to accept "so" and "but" to start a new sentence, but this usage does seem to be generally accepted these days.

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    Re: After a full stop, therefore vs so?

    Quote Originally Posted by murattopak View Post
    Hello. We were quizzed did/had a quiz and there were was a part about conjunctions which was made up full of "fiil fill in the gaps" questions. I don't remember the sentences but I had used "so" and "but" after a full stop. However, the/my teacher said that you couldn't we can't don't use "so" and "but" after a full stop whereas there are but that we can use "therefore" and "however".
    Is this true?

    Also, is my usage of reported speech correct?
    Thank you.

    By the way I didn't select the idiom prefix and can't change it.
    You asked about any errors in your posts. I have made corrections in red.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: After a full stop, therefore vs so?

    It depends on what type of text you are writing. I wouldn't start sentences with but/so in a piece of formal or academic writing. In less formal contexts, there's no problem IMO.

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    Re: After a full stop, therefore vs so?

    There's always been debate about starting a sentence with 'but', but I draw the line at 'which'. Which is something I've noticed more frequently lately, and which irritates me.

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    Re: After a full stop, therefore vs so?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    There's always been debate about starting a sentence with 'but', but I draw the line at 'which'. Which is something I've noticed more frequently lately, and which irritates me.
    I'm with you although something like "You can have eggs or bacon. Which one you choose depends entirely on your own preference" works.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: After a full stop, therefore vs so?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm with you although something like "You can have eggs or bacon. Which one you choose depends entirely on your own preference" works.
    Ah, yes, but I meant in the context I used it.

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