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    most importantly

    Are there any grammar errors in these sentences?

    Since she has no money problems and can afford it, Sharon has decided to retire early. She wants more time to exercise and work on personal projects. Most importantly, she is facing some health issues and she can now have more time to work on them with less stress. As she grows older she finds she is not so good in dealing with too much stress.

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    Re: most importantly

    It's good.

    I'd either put a comma after "health issues" or change "and she can now" to "and can now."

    In other words, use a comma because it's a compound sentence, or remove that pronoun so it's not a compound sentence anymore.

    Your writing is better than most native English speakers'.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #3

    Re: most importantly

    How about since she's well-off?

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    #4

    Re: most importantly

    Quote Originally Posted by robin lee View Post
    Most importantly, she is facing some health issues and she can now have more time to work on them with less stress.
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    I agree that your English is very good and that many native speakers (both young and old) could not write such a coherent paragraph.

    I just wanted to raise an un​important point that bugs a few people (like me!): "Most importantly," they claim, should be "most important." Supposedly, the "correct" way is to say: "[What is] most important, she is facing …." Because I am very old and used to traditional rules, your use of "importantly" jumped out at me. I am pretty sure, however, that most people would not pay any attention whatsoever to the matter.

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    Re: most importantly

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    "Most importantly," they claim, should be "most important." Supposedly, the "correct" way is to say: "[What is] most important, she is facing …."
    I don't follow that at all. I'm curious, though—could you please explain this line of thinking a bit more?

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    #6

    Re: most importantly

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    Hi,

    If you google this topic, you will get many opinions.

    Some people feel that beginning a sentence with "Most importantly" is fine. Others feel that "[What is] most important" is preferable and "correct."

    I understand that there is a website that gives the statistics as to the popularity of various words and phrases. Perhaps you could check there.

    I am pretty sure that most speakers could not care less about this matter. Being a lover of rules (for I am a very insecure person), I opt for "Most important," but, then, I also opt for "It is I" and "Whom do you live with?"

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    Re: most importantly

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    I opt for "Most important," but, then, I also opt for "It is I" and "Whom do you live with?"
    Not "With whom do you live"?

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    Re: most importantly

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Others feel that "[What is] most important" is preferable and "correct."
    I just wanted to know in what way or in what context someone might consider it preferable or correct. Never mind.

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