Re: use of "however"

Subject: Re: use of "however"
From: bartelmm -at- appliedbiosystems -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 11:19:25 -0800

Mike asks: Someone who edited one of my documents recently told
me that it is inproper usage to begin a sentence with
the word "However."

The New York Public Library Writer's Guide to Style and Usage says,
"Language in Transition: Can you begin a sentence with however?

'Never, ever begin a sentence with a conjunctive adverb,' insisted the
English teacher to her eighth-graders about 50 years ago. Was she right?
Theodore Bernstein, in The Careful Writer, said ' Forget it.' The placement
of however depends on which ideas are being contrasted; there is no hard
and fast rule in grammar that prohibits placing however at the beginning of
a sentence. The same goes for and and but, by the way."

Mary M. Bartels

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