use of the word so in the beginning of a sentence

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How could I make this sentence any different?

See example:

So, I did and after 25 years of continued service and a lot of soul searching, I saw the need to fulfill my desire to help individuals, families, to volunteer and to give back to the community.
asked Mar 28 '13 at 16:41 Nancy Philemon New member

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Most of the time, 'so' is used as a discourse marker at the beginning of a sentence and is separated with a comma. What you have is its use a conjunction, but from the context, the joining would seem to be with the preceding sentence. You don't need the comma after 'so', but there should be one after 'did'. I would eliminate 'so' and write 'I did this' to connect with whatever it is you are previously saying. I also put a Harvard comma after 'volunteer'.

 

I did this, and after 25 years of continued service and a lot of soul searching, I saw the need to fulfill my desire to help individuals, families, to volunteer, and to give back to the community.

link answered Mar 28 '13 at 18:41 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

In British English you would be missing an "and" between "individuals" and "families" because those are both groups you are helping. "...to help individuals and families, to volunteer, and to give back to the community."

Simon JonesMar 28 '13 at 19:06

Same with American English. Sorry Lewis.

Jeff PribylMar 28 '13 at 19:57

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