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    #1

    got to be

    But there's got to be a difference between English guys and American guys, right?
    But there is difference between English guys and American guys, right?
    What are the differences in the meaning of the above sentences?
    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: got to be

    The second sentence is incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: got to be

    This is an interesting comparison.


    Both sentences, technically, are incorrect because you are not really supposed to start a sentence with a conjunction. The words "and", "but", and "or" are all conjunctions, and to have correct grammar we are not supposed to use them start sentence. But this is a grammar rule we break very often! I start sentences with conjunctions all the time, and I think it's okay.


    The first sentence includes "got to be", and this lets the reader know you are expressing that you expect there to be a difference and that you would perhaps be surprised if someone told you there were no difference.


    The second sentence is inquisitive, and, like the first sentence, it expresses an expectation that there is a difference. However, the second sentence does not express such a strong belief that there has got to be a difference between American guys and English guys.

    You can use "got to be" like the word "surely":Surely there is a difference between English guys and American guys, right?

    ***You need the "a" here:
    But there is a difference between English ...

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    #4

    Re: got to be

    It's perfectly OK to start a sentence with "But" in my opinion.

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    #5

    Re: got to be

    "Don't start a sentence with a conjunction" is one of those made-up rules from English teachers that no one pays any attention to. And that's fine.

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