But on the sentence beginning


Is it correct to start sentence from "But" ?

But he never understood why it happens.

But asked Dec 19 '12 at 17:09 Anna L New member

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You may start a sentence with 'but', but you want to use it sparingly. The same applies to 'and'. It will often be used an interjection and be followed by a comma. In your example, 'happens' should be 'happened' to agree with the tense of 'understood'.


But he never understood why it happened.

But, he never understood why it happened.

link comment edited Dec 19 '12 at 23:55 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

This is for Carl's benefit, and I get an error message when trying to leave a comment.


Because this is a site for teaching and learning proper English grammar, your answers should use proper English. 'I' is always capitalized, always. Your sentence is a comma splice, and it should either end in a period after 'me' or use a semicolon to make a compound sentence.

link comment answered Dec 19 '12 at 17:51 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

It's OK for me, i think it's correct.

link comment answered Dec 19 '12 at 17:09 Carl New member

....Thank you so much !

link comment answered Dec 25 '12 at 18:31 Carl New member

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