When is it OK to start a sentence with but?
In a book I am reading, the author starts sentences with but and sometimes AND and BECAUSE. Can you start a sentence with those words when a character is not talking?
Asked By: Fuzzy Moo Moo - 9/30/2007
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It's OK whenever you want to introduce an opposition or a contrast... More
Answered By: johnslat - 9/30/2007
Additional Answers (9)
It's not really okay to start a sentence with but or and. It's not a horrible crime against grammar, but it's still unadvisable. Good luck!
Answered By: Perrine - 9/30/2007
in middle of conversation its right to use it and not while writting
Answered By: Iswarya M - 9/30/2007
I really prefer however instead of but and also instead of and. Sounds more intelligent.
Answered By: anthony_paul_fenech - 9/30/2007
If the sentence begins with a dependent clause joined to an independent one, then it can be grammatically correct. For example: "But in the interest of saving time, let's just say I'm right and move on to other questions."
Answered By: paper mage - 9/30/2007
Certainly. People who have been writing for a long time 'fall into' this. Ex. Rowling. (She is a literary arts teacher, I think.) You'll see if you continue w/ writing.
Answered By: Dorothy C - 9/30/2007
But of course, my dear.
Answered By: dhebert244 - 9/30/2007
It's OK to use the words AND,BECAUSE, and BUT at the beginning of a sentence, as long as the sentence is in dialouge.(meaning what a character says) It's OK because in dialouge, a character speaks as any other person would talk, and when people talk, they don't always use correct grammar, which makes using the words... More
Answered By: cheetahspots424 - 9/30/2007
Yes, its not like your in school where your taught not to use those in the beginnings of sentences. When I write, I use and and but and because to start sentences. Good luck on becoming an author! I heard you wanted to be one!
Answered By: Hello - 9/30/2007
If it sounds natural, do it. But if it sounds horribly wrong, don't. (that was deliberate)
Answered By: tarkenberg199 - 9/30/2007
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