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November 28, 2005

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A. Douglas

Can you start a sentence with the word "however"?

Lynn

Yes, it is fine to start a sentence with "however." (See above.) It's more formal than "but."

clinton e mercer

Is It acceptable to start a sentence with "but?"

Lynn

Clinton, please see the discussion above.

Elad Nava

Great article, used it when writing an essay.

Thanks!

dru

thanks this really helped...i appreciate it

Dan

hey, i'm in the re-reading my essay, there's a few "but"s at the start of a few sentances. but also a fair few "however"s and "nevertheless"s. do you think not using "but" overides not varying your vocab?

Lynn

Dan, I don't understand your question yet. I'm having difficulty with "not using" overriding "not varying." Can you state it another way?

Lynn

But Head

Thanks, you article was useful.
But I also found the quoted URL very helpful.

http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/003723.html

Lynn

Thank you for the link. Trying to read that post, I was reminded why I am a business writer--not an academic. I could not get through more than a few sentences without longing for the Cliff's Notes version.

Tapan21

Nice article, one question though;
Is it possible to begin a sentence with "With"
Thanks,
~Tapan21

Lynn

You can start a sentence with any word you choose.

lol

It's bad style to start a sentence with "however". You're better off just using "but". But if you really want to use "however", say "we look forward, however, to writing an agreement today".

Dixie

can you start a sentence with "which", or does that make the sentence a fragment?

ex: "which leads us back to the central issue..."

Lynn

Dixie, starting a sentence with "which" usually makes it a fragment if you use it the way you did. However, many questions begin with "which," as in "Which one do you prefer?"

Lynn

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