Re: use of "however"

Subject: Re: use of "however"
From: "Candie McKee" <kiruna91 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 15:12:33 -0600


I looked in 3 grammar handbooks for the answer to this question. I did not find a standard rule that stated you should not start a sentence with "however."

The rules appear to be:

1. When used as an conjunctive adverb: The word is an adverb. It describes the relation of ideas in two clauses, and can move around in the sentence.
ex. Relaxation techniques have improved; however, few people know them. OR Relaxation techniques have improved; few people know them, however.

2. When two clauses are related by a conjunctive adverb: They must be separated by a period or by a semicolon.

I do not know if this helps you or not. When my professors edited my thesis, they did not say that "however" did not belong at the beginning of a sentence. One professor did suggest that I reword the sentence because she preferred not to see "however" at the beginning. I remember this because I found it interesting that she was the only one out of four to make note of it.


Mike 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?

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