Using "This" in beginning of sentence

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I have a tendency to start sentences with "This". Maybe because I usually write blogs in a conversational language and try to refer back to the last sentence where "this" becomes a good fit. I have recently started using Grammarly, which flags the initial "This" citing "unclear antecedent". My Question: Is this practice a bad style? Shall I always change so I do not begin with "This"? An example is below. How would you rephrase it to remove "this" but still have two sentences?

"The interface between BBU and RU is a proprietary one. This has been traditionally like this for years"
 

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It has been traditionally like this for years
 

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It has been traditionally like this for years
Starting with "it" or "this"....seems the concern (unclear antecedent) is still there....
 

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I have a tendency to start sentences with "This", maybe because I usually write blogs in conversational language and try to refer back to the last sentence where "this" becomes a good fit. I have recently started using Grammarly, which flags the initial "This" citing "unclear antecedent". My Question: Is this practice a bad style?
Not necessarily.
Shall Should I always change so I do try not begin with "This"? An example is given below. How would you rephrase it to remove "this" but still have two sentences?

"The interface between BBU and RU is a proprietary one. This has been traditionally like this for years"
What are BBU and RU?
 

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Starting with "it" or "this"....seems the concern (unclear antecedent) is still there....
No, "it" refers to the preceding sentence/statement/situation.
 

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No, "it" refers to the preceding sentence/statement/situation.
Yes, "this" also refers to preceding sentence/statement/situation. I do not see any difference using "it" or "this"
 

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Say "This has been the case for years".
 

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Say "This has been the case for years".
The interface between BBU and RU is a proprietary one. This has been the case for years.

I just checked. Grammarly is flagging "This" in second sentence with "Unclear antecedent". Attaching screenshot.142 June27-22-11-14.png
 

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The antecedent is clear enough.
 
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