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    Can I start a sentence with "Of"?

    Can I start a sentence with "Of"?

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    Re: Can I start a sentence with "Of"?

    Of course, you can!

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    Re: Can I start a sentence with "Of"?

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    Can I start a sentence with "Of"?
    Yes!

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    Re: Can I start a sentence with "Of"?

    What about , "as Goldsmith points out, “since we all eat. Of all the levels""

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    Re: Can I start a sentence with "Of"?

    I don't think it is correct to separate those into two sentences I don't know why one part is bold and the other is not

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    Re: Can I start a sentence with "Of"?

    Quote Originally Posted by michaelkirschner View Post
    What about , "as Goldsmith points out, “since we all eat. Of all the levels""
    Yes, all these can start sentences.

    What you are listing are dependent clauses that begin with a conjunction.

    The typical word order would be:
    "conjunction and its clause," "main clause."

    Using the dependent clause to start the sentence gives variety to writing and sustains interest. It's boring to read too many plain declarative simple sentences in a row, but variation in sentence structure brightens up reading.

    On the other hand, too frequent a use of this device is tiresome.



    Here are some grammatical sentences that begin with the phrases you mention:

    > "As Goldsmith points out, honesty really is the best policy."

    > "Since we all eat, we should learn how food choices affect health."

    > "Of all the levels I have mastered while gaming, this one is the most exciting."

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    Re: Can I start a sentence with "Of"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Can I start a sentence with "Of"?
    But, of course, you can. You can even start a sentence with "but", "and" and "because".


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    Post Re: Can I start a sentence with "Of"?

    It's supposed to be okay to begin a sentence with "of". However, I have actually been taught that it's inaccurate to begin a sentence with "and","but" and "because". Have the rules changed?

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    Re: Can I start a sentence with "Of"?

    Quote Originally Posted by shinnyg View Post
    It's supposed to be okay to begin a sentence with "of". However, I have actually been taught that it's inaccurate to begin a sentence with "and","but" and "because". Have the rules changed?
    Hi - please start a new thread with a new question rather than posting on the end of an older thread.

    It has always been okay to start with because, as long as you use it as a dependent clause before the independent clause. "Because the bus broke down, we were late to school." "Because I'm trying to lose weight, please don't offer me ice cream. I won't be able to refuse."

    The rules about "And" and "But" are still pretty much the same -- don't do it in formal academic writing, but it's quite common in most informal writing.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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