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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.)

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. Anon
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!

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