The use of because

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In speech, it is fine to use "because' at the beginning of a sentence. However, some people say it is not considered good style to do this in writing. I wonder if it is correct to use "It is" before "because" while answering the following sentence. Please note that the following question is in present tense.

Question: Why do the pirates need to keep their ship light?
Answer: It is because it let the ship move fast.

Many thanks for your help!
 
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Some people say it is not considered good style to use "because' at the beginning of a sentence. I wonder if it is correct to use "It is" before "because" while answering the following sentence. Please note that the following question is in present tense.

Question: Why do the pirates need to keep their ship light?
Answer: It is because it let the ship move fast.

Many thanks for your help!

I remember someone said it's incorrect because using a conjunction after IS(or a verb) in grammar is strange.

But you can simply ignore it, because Thackeray more than once used such a phrase.

In daily conversation, who would say it is not good style in this case?

In Burmese Days, a sentence:

“Why? I don't know. Because she wanted to, I suppose.”
 

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Hi Nelson,

In speech, it is fine to use "because' at the beginning of a sentence. Please note that I have edited my original post.
 
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I remember someone said it's incorrect because using a conjunction after IS(or a verb) in grammar is strange.

But you can simply ignore it, because Thackeray more than once used such a phrase.

In daily conversation, who would say it is not good style in this case?

In Burmese Days, a sentence:

“Why? I don't know. Because she wanted to, I suppose.”

Hi Nelson,

In speech, it is fine to use "because' at the beginning of a sentence. Please not that I have edited my original post
 

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In speech, it is fine to use "because' at the beginning of a sentence. However, soome people say it is not considered good style to use "because' at the beginning of a sentence in writing.
It is perfectly acceptable to use 'because' at the beginning of a sentence, provided that the sentence contains a main clause:

Because George would not receive a letter in time, Mary decided to send a telegram.
I wonder if it is correct to use "It is" before "because" while answering the following sentence. Please note that the following question is in present tense.

Question: Why do the pirates need to keep their ship light?
Answer: It is because it [STRIKE]let[/STRIKE] helps the ship move fast.
That's fine.
 

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Please not that I have edited my original post
Please do not edit your original post after people have already responded. Such editing can make responses seem very strange/confusing.
 
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