Re: use of "however"

Subject: Re: use of "however"
From: Mike Stockman <stockman -at- jagunet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 13:54:17 -0500

On 11/30/00 12:30 PM, Mike (techmail_mike -at- yahoo -dot- com) wrote:

>Someone who edited one of my documents recently told
>me that it is inproper usage to begin a sentence with
>the word "However."
>Does anyone have a view on this?

If the word is setting up the sentence to modify the previous thought,
use a semicolon to join the sentences.

Before: "That was the best toothpaste sandwich ever. However, I need to
step outside for a moment."

After: "He really seemed to enjoy his sandwich; however, he also left in
quite a hurry."

I also recommend seeing Strunk and White. To enjoy seeing people on
another mailing list discuss grammar for a change, see the thread at

Hope this helps,

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