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I've been using "Notably" at in my own writing for quite a while now, as an alternative way to start sentences. But I'm not sure if it's actually grammatically acceptable. I haven't found any answers through Google or the site.

Here's an example:

Notably, the new study finds that [...]

When using the transition, my intended meaning/interpretation is something of a cross between "Interestingly" and "Importantly". The second is too formal, in my opinion, but the first is limited to specific contexts where something is in fact interesting, as opposed to say "of notable quality." To me, it seems "Notably" strikes a good balance between the two.

Question: Is it grammatically acceptable to start a sentence with "Notably" as a transition?

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    Curiously, I'm pretty sure that you can use almost any such word . . . Commented Jun 18, 2018 at 19:41
  • It is grammatically acceptable, but consider (as a matter of style) whether it might be better to contrive for a point's notability to speak for itself. Commented Jun 18, 2018 at 19:46
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    Please include the research you’ve done. Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. Commented Jun 18, 2018 at 22:24
  • 'Significantly' sounds better, in my opinion, if you're not pointing out a prime example from many examples, or one of the most important of the various cases considered ('Non-statutory sites, notably the River Thames and tidal tributaries SMI, should also be considered and any appropriate avoidance or mitigation measures ...' {Port of London Authority}). 'Notably' usually means 'in particular' when not immediately preceding an adjective. Commented Jun 18, 2018 at 22:26
  • Ah, yeah, "in particular" is probably the best match for what I mean when I use a bare "notably." Commented Jun 18, 2018 at 23:56

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Notably, the following usages demonstrate you can:

Notably, it traced the upper Cavalla, proving that that river was not connected either with the Nuon on the west or the Ko or Zo on the east. dictionary.com

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Most notably, Princess Diana's niece Lady Kitty Spencer, whose father is Diana's brother, Earl Spencer.

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    But note that both of these demand prior context, with 'notably' a highlighting marker pointing out a prime example. Commented Jun 18, 2018 at 22:14

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