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Is it correct to begin a sentence with ''SO''? Options
Joaquim Julio Silva
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:38:44 AM

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I saw on a site about the English language that isn't correct I begin a sentence with ''So...''.
Exemple: So if I say the book is very simple.

Right or wrong?
Hope123
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 11:25:01 PM

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Joaquim Julio Silva wrote:
I saw on a site about the English language that it isn't correct that I begin a sentence with ''So...''.
Exemple: So if I say the book is very simple.

Right or wronrg?


Welcome Joaquin.

Well, I suppose starting a sentence with "so" can be overdone. So can starting a sentence with the word "well". But native speakers, including me, have been starting sentences with "so" for many years.

However, what you have written is not a complete sentence when you have a conditional clause with the word "if" and no follow through. So you should change it and then the word "so"would be fine.

For example - So if I say the book is very simple, that would be an oversimplification. :)

So if you want to sound like a native speaker, by all means ignore that advice. And check its source.

(I corrected a couple of typos in your question.)

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
Joaquim Julio Silva
Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 11:15:09 AM

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Thank you! I understood your explanation that it has satisfied my ignorance.
M.Silva
Hope123
Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 11:31:09 PM

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Joaquim Julio Silva wrote:
Thank you! I understood your explanation that it has satisfied my ignorance.
M.Silva



Applause Applause Applause

LOL. Glad you got the message. But there is no ignorance!

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.
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