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    #1

    'But'

    Can you start a sentance with the word 'But' ?

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    Re: 'But'

    Quote Originally Posted by blurry_eyes View Post
    Can you start a sentance with the word 'But' ?
    I would recommend the following link for information about the usage of BUT:

    Article: On Beginning Sentences with <i>But</i>


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    Re: 'But'

    Hmmm . . .

    Prescriptivists will say, 'No!!' -- but everyone does it all the time. My analysis is:

    In English, we have a group of words called 'conjunctive adverbs' (and other terms . . .). This group includes 'however' and 'although' and 'moreover.' These historical words were used (by talented writers) to juxtapose, to relate, the sections of texts to each other. For example: 'He is a dirty, smelly person. However, I personally know him to be faultlessly honest.' However (ha ha), these words have fallen from general use, and 'but' and 'and' have taken their place. Thus, a sentence that would historically have begun, 'However, blah blah blah,' now begins 'But, blah blah blah.'

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    Re: 'But'

    It's very common. I would still avoid it in formal writing, though.


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    Re: 'But'

    Thankyou for the replies and the link

    My English teacher said it was okay to start a sentence with the word 'but', but my boyfriend say's it's incorrect use of the english language....after reading the link I think I'll know who to listen to

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