Because PaymentX stores the user's credit card details for you and sends your server a token to charge the card, if you use our SDK, your PCI compliance scope is greatly reduced compared to the case when your servers were handling the card details directly.

What's the best way to phrase the sentence above? I know an english rule is to never start a sentence with Because.

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    There is no rule against beginning a sentence with a preposition. Don't sweat it. Nov 22, 2013 at 21:41
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    It's fine as is, but if you worry about silly nitpickers, you can change "Because" to "Since" or "As". (They're both worse, but you avoid the nitpickers.) Nov 23, 2013 at 4:03
  • The usual practice is to use As, not Because. See usage examples in technical writing.
    – Kris
    Nov 23, 2013 at 12:31
  • @DavidSchwartz Why would since and as be worse?
    – Kris
    Nov 23, 2013 at 12:32
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    @Kris It's just a subjective style judgment on my part. Nov 23, 2013 at 17:28

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This use of because at the beginning of the sentence is actually not against the rule. The sentence is just fine grammatically. The case when it would be wrong would be something like this "Why do I love chocolate? Because it's totally delicious." This sentence is wrong because putting that word at the beginning changes it from a sentence to a phrase. Because it is punctuated as a sentence (beginning with a capital letter and ending with a period), it is a sentence fragment, and thus bad grammar. <-- Yes, this last sentence is also good grammar.

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