Starting sentence with But
Grammerly doesn't like starting a sentence with a but. This is one of my college essays. Should it be reworded?
I never watched Sports Center growing up, just a steady dose of History and Discovery Channel. But what I, at the time, interpreted as useless and boring, ended up being one of my greatest strengths as a person.
The word but is a conjunction. That means that it joins two parts of a sentence. Instead, you are attempting to start a sentence with it, which is why Grammarly has pointed it out. Informally, people do this all the time. For a college essay, stick with the rules of grammar.
I really wanted to start that last sentence with, "But for a college essay..." because I think informally. If you feel the urge to start a sentence with a conjunction (and, but, or) ask yourself if the word is actually necessary for that second sentence to make sense, or consider whether it should all be one sentence. By breaking into a new sentence, the conjuction you feel the urge to use should be implied by the context.
I have another problem with your second sentence, though. This wording means that one of your greatest strenghts is watching Sports Center. In other words, you are really good at watching that show. I suspect that's not really what you meant.
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