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Words that start a sentence, whether grammatically correct or not.

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Rearrange the sentence in a specific order [closed]

Sentence: Developers from 10+ countries are using our service. I want to rearrange this sentence so that it starts with "10+ countries". But keep the meaning of the sentence the same. I ...
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and really at the start of a sentence [duplicate]

When writing a dialogue , can I say "And really, resilience is all there is, so not to worry to and fro." Can I start with "And really" ?
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Is using 'as if' okay as a sentence starter?

My teacher is having us write as if sentences and using as if at the start of the sentence. For example, she used "As if I had money, I went shopping". This makes no sense to me or several ...
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Can a conditional sentence begin with "when"? [closed]

I would want to dispel my doubts about the grammaticality of the following sentence: When Andrew is there, he will probably have to be helped to climb the stairs. Some context: I know for certain ...
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"neither" as adverb leading sentence [duplicate]

Is it an accepted form to begin a sentence with the word "neither" used as an adverb? Many grammar sources discuss sentences beginning with "neither", but only in the context of ...
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When to use "whom" and "who" when the direct object is also doing an action

"I just saw that guy throw a ball." "[T]hat guy," the direct object, is now doing the action of "throw[ing]." So, could one ask, "Whom did you see throw the ball?&...
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Is it proper to start a sentence with an Arabic numeral? [duplicate]

For example: 3 monkeys jump on the bed.
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Role of "that" in the beginning of a sentence?

IN EARLY 2020, with the coronavirus pandemic tearing across the world, most people thought it unlikely that a vaccine would arrive any time soon. And as work to develop vaccines began, there were dire ...
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Sentence correction: use except or except for; high or higher? [closed]

I am comparing the waiting times in the different regions of a given country. Only region A had low average waiting time; other regions (B, C, and D) had high average waiting times. Except for Region-...
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Sentence beginning with "Between [year] and [year] "

I’ve just been told it is wrong to put a comma after an “introductory time period”, for example: “Between 1990 and 2003, diligent seekers found hundreds of incorrectly placed commas in all manner of ...
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Can I use "As an inspiration, we briefly ..." to start a paragraph talking about the prospect?

I'm writing the last paragraph of a scientific paper. Does the opening sentence of "As an inspiration, we..." sound natural if I want to talk about something about the prospect of my present ...
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Can once be used as an adverb in the beginning of the sentence?

sentence: Once I left my phone at home and I couldn't pay attention to my work at all.... According to Cambridge Dictionary Online, once can be both conjugation and adverb. It is obvious that in this ...
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Word for "Get the last values" in the context of coding

I'm translating the documentation for a program, and I want to write that a certain function gets the last values you've entered. I'm stuck on the word "Query" (as in "Query of the ...
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What does “Doesn’t harm the books!”mean here? Is it an imperative sentence?

These days, you can find out how to disinfect books on a librarians’ thread on Reddit. Your best bet appears to be either denatured-alcohol swipes or kitchen disinfectant in a mist-spray bottle, ...
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Using "completely" to start a sentence

Is it proper to start a sentence with completely? As in, Completely, the men trusted her. Why or why not? I ask because it doesn't "sound" right.
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Can a sentence start with "just so I/he/she/you/they can"?

I did the standard Google search and I checked Merriam-Webster. I found questions about starting a sentence with conjunctions such as "and" or "but". No joy for "just so [pronoun] can [verb]." Looking ...
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Can you start a sentence with Such as?

"Even though I am not fortunate enough to visit the campus, reading about Notre Dame makes me feel at home with its attention to tradition, its history of innovations, academic research, and service ...
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How to suggest that I'm sumarizing the previous text?

I am writting a scientific paper. It goes like this: Statement 1 (citation). Statement 2 (citation). Statement 3 (citation). Overall, the evidence in literature shows that ... So with the "...
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Is there a sentence that begins with “them”?

An online retail store is asking its customers to construct a sentence beginning with them in order to win a voucher. I just can't believe there's any such sentence, at least I don't know of any! I'...
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Beginning a sentence with 'Comes'

A colleague asked whether it was possible to begin a sentence with the word 'Comes', noting that there should, surely, be an 'It' first. Of course standard grammar requires it, as far as I can tell, ...
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To smoke vs Smoking at the beginning of the sentence [duplicate]

I have been taught that we can use either of "to INF" or "Verb-ing" at the beginning of the sentence as a subject, which leads me to a point of confusion. Here is my confusion: A: To smoke is ...
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When to use "And" at the start of sentence? [duplicate]

I know that and is used to join two sentences or phrases. There are some places I've read that have And is used at the beginning of a sentence. What are the occasions when this is done?
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Is it acceptable to use "almost" at the end of a sentence to make it sound dramatic?

Does adding the word "almost" at the end of the sentence make it sound dramatic or does it change the context of the sentence? Additionally, is it grammatically acceptable? This new laptop has ...
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Whom, who or that?

Which is the correct sentence? Match me only with people I kissed or people that I am following or Match me only with people I kissed or people who I am following or Match me only with ...
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Can "than" be used at the beginning of the sentence?

I am reading "Eureka - A prose poem", but I find that a strange sentence (for me): "Than the persons" -- the letter goes on to say -- "than the persons thus suddenly elevated by the Hog-ian ...
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Is it acceptable to start a sentence with an adverb of frequency?

Daily the company sells millions of chocolate bars. The sentence sounds really odd to me but is it wrong?
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Can I start a sentence with about? [closed]

Can I start a sentence with 'about'? I am sending a mail to my professor and I was wondering How I should start the mail.
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Starting sentences with "which"

I don't know if this question really has an answer, but it's been bugging me for a while: When did it become fashionable to start sentences with the word "which"? Here's a short example: I drove ...
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Sentence starting with a number

71 people were rescued from the sinking ferry by the Latvian helicopter crew. (This is not wrong, but it is untidy.) The Latvian helicopter crew rescued 71 people from the sinking ferry. (This re-...
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Can you start a sentence with “her”? [closed]

Can someone please answer this burning question? Is the following sentence correct? Her and her voice were truly a gift.
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Beginning a sentence with "of"

Do these two sentences have the same meaning? Of this spiritual world, our world is an imperfect image. Our world is an imperfect image of this spiritual world.
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Can a sentence start with "The highest"

Can a sentence start with "The highest" in an academic paper? It sounds a bit strange. My original sentence is When the specificity values of the devices were evaluated, the highest specificity ...
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Putting "to do.." at the beginning?

There are some sentences I see no reason to do these stupid things. I can find no sensible explanation for you to leave your master program. An English professor from Canada at the university said ...
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Can a sentence start with 'as' ? Is it okay? [closed]

Is it okay to use 'As' at the beginning of the sentence? Example: As there are lots of tourist facilities along the Mediterranean Region, as there are getting more every year.
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When is it OK to start a sentence with "But"? [duplicate]

Is starting a sentence with a "But" still bad? I know some Harvard graduates who are native English speakers and do this when they write. Is it acceptable now? What are some of the examples where "...
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'Nonetheless' at the beginning of a sentence? [closed]

In some nonetheless sentence examples, there is no sentence that begins with the word of nonetheless. Can one use "Nonetheless" at the beginning of a sentence as follows? It has been raining for a ...
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Can I use whereas at the start of a sentence [closed]

Can I use whereas at the start of a sentence?
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How to use "moving" at the beginning of a sentence?

"Moving to an iphone from a normal phone is easy." Is this sentence grammatically correct?
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Starting a sentence with "This because" or "This to"

Is it common to say the following: (assuming that both sentences are "too long" to combine into one). Or are there better ways to say these things? I prefer to go to work without my bags and to ...
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What does "For all the ~, S + V" mean?

Here are a few sentences with the structure, “For all the ~, S + V”. For all the controversies surrounding the so-called marketing stages or periods, Keith and others appear to have contributed a ...
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Is it recommended to remove articles from the beginning of a paragraph in academic writing?

I have the following sentence in the beginning of my abstract: The scattering of light due to the presence of aerosol particles along the path of light waves causes atmospheric haze in images. And ...
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Can you end one sentence with a word like 'biodiversity' and start the next sentence with the very same word, 'biodiversity'? [closed]

Is it possible to end a sentence with some word and then begin the next sentence with the same word? For example, The health of the environment is measured by its biodiversity. Biodiversity is .. ...
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Can you start a sentence with "especially"? [duplicate]

I have this sentence in a text: Especially the foreigners are a very important group which requires special treatment and representation. I feel it should read: The foreigners in particular ...
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How to prevent a sentence beginning with the word "The"? [closed]

I am writing a technical thesis and find myself using the word the an awful lot. Here are some examples (I spare the technical gibberish): The main purpose of the presented applications is to ...
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start a sentence with "Have been" [duplicate]

Is it correct to start a sentence with "Have been"? Have been looking into the issue since last week. edit: fixed missing word since.
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what is the meaning of these sentences? "You know where the drop is going down."

A police man said this to a man, and I don't understand the bold part. I know Caruso is a rat and I'm gonna clean up this sewer. You know where the drop is going down. Now give it up. Hey, I'll ...
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Should I capitalize a word at the beginning of a sentence with a slash?

Sorry about the badly written title. Basically, I have this sentence: Clicking/Tapping on the icons brings up the DNA selection menu. Should tapping be capitalized in this situation?
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Can you start a sentence with the word key? [closed]

Can you start a sentence with the word key? The sentence is: Key to good analytical research is a safe well-equipped laboratory. I have a tendency to want to put The before key, but am uncertain ...
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"One such type of knowledge can be that the problem" vs "One example of such knowledge is a problem"

I have a paragraph that starts with the following In order to obtain a more accurate result, additional knowledge is required. My next line is as follows but it doesn't feel right... One such ...
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"If, however in advance one has knowledge..." vs "However, if in advance one has knowledge..."

I am trying to write a paper and and I am not sure of the correct phrasing of a particular sentence. Here is what I am currently using If, however, in advance one has knowledge of the material ...
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