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    Is it ok to start a paragraph with a year

    is it ok i need to know


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    Re: Is it ok to start a paragraph with a year

    "1815 was not a good year for me", said Napoleon.

    1971 was a vintage year in the Boudelous region of France.

    (Don't try to find it on a map.)

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    Re: Is it ok to start a paragraph with a year

    Quote Originally Posted by boomdaddy View Post
    is it ok i need to know
    The reason for your doubt may be that some publishers' house styles forbid (purely on grounds of typographical aesthetics) sentences that start with a digit. OUP had this feature of house style. When authors wrote '1973 was a good year for me' copy-editors had to change it to something like 'For me, 1973 was a good year' or 'The year 1973 was good for me'... or some other paraphrase.

    But this rule had nothing to do with grammar or linguistic acceptability of any kind. As David L's examples show, starting a sentence with a year is perfectly grammatical.


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