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What would be correct?

  • The word "sacred" means "regarded with great respect and reverence", and the word is most commonly used in religious meaning; however,...

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  • The word "sacred" means "regarded with great respect and reverence", and the word is most commonly used in religious meaning. However,...

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  • The word "sacred" means "regarded with great respect and reverence", and the word is most commonly used in religious meaning, however,...
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The first and second ways are correct. "however" is preceded by a semicolon or a full stop (period). http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/semicolons.asp "Bring any two items; however, sleeping bags and tents are in short supply." http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/can-you-start-sentence-however "However, I loved all seven of Anne's Oscar dresses (plus the tuxedo)."

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  • You say " including suitable references", but a reference I provided on another question was deleted, so I'm confused. – Cathy Gartaganis Apr 5 '16 at 12:13

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