Re: because/since

Subject: Re: because/since
From: Bill Burns <WBURNS -at- VAX -dot- MICRON -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 08:10:28 MDT

Kimberly writes:

>However, the old rule of thumb says not to start a sentence with "because."

Uh, pardon my ignorance, but what rule of thumb do you mean? I've never heard
of such a restriction. The only restriction I know is that clauses beginning
with "because" are dependent and must be connected to independent clauses.

EXAMPLE: Because the man bit the dog, the dog was forced to get a
rabies shot.

I generally use "because" as a subordinating conjunction (unless I'm making
some temporal or circumstantial reference) because it can't be confused with
a preposition as "since" can. (Of course, I have a little trouble calling to
mind a situation in which this could create a problem. Hmmmmm.)

Bill Burns *
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