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    How to start sentences in English

    Hi All,

    I have heard that it is not elegant to start sentences with the words: "because", "since", "but", "and"?

    Is that true.

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    MichaŽl.

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    Re: How to start sentences in English

    That depends upon the sentences. But there is no prohibition against those words at the beginning of sentences.

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    Re: How to start sentences in English

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    That depends upon the sentences. But there is no prohibition against those words at the beginning of sentences.
    I see what you did there!

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    Re: How to start sentences in English

    But it would not be elegant to start a conversation with these words. )))

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    Re: How to start sentences in English

    Quote Originally Posted by Xander Rud View Post
    But it would not be elegant to start a conversation with these words. )))
    And why did you do so then?

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    Re: How to start sentences in English

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Observin':

    I have read that if one understands the rules, then one can occasionally break them. For example, professional writers presumably know the rules, so they feel free to break them.

    Learners should probably refrain from starting sentences with those words. Furthermore, in formal contexts (at the university, for example), it might be a good idea to avoid such sentences, too.

    As you read more and more English, you will find, however, that many native speakers occasionally start sentences with those words -- for a more dramatic or emphatic effect:

    "Despite her parents' objections, Mona said that she would marry James, and she did!"

    "Despite her parents' objections, Mona said that she would marry James. And she did!"



    James

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    Re: How to start sentences in English

    Those were never really rules. File them with "never end a sentence with a preposition" and "never split an infinitive". Those "rules" are out of date and mostly forgotten.

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