How do you not start a sentence with but?
If you don’t want to start sentences with conjunctions, you are free to do so. A simple way to do it would be simply to stop using and, but, and or to connect clauses or phrases. Connecting words, between two words, or before the last of a list of words, OK: I saw Bill and Bob at the picnic.
Is it correct to start a sentence with the word but?
Of course, there are style guides that discourage it, but it’s perfectly acceptable to begin a sentence with “but” when writing. Using any stylistic quirk too frequently spoils your writing. By all means, start sentences with “but” from time to time, but remember that “but” also belongs after a comma.
Can you start a sentence with but in academic writing?
One common replacement for “but” in academic writing is “however.” But we use this adverb to show a sentence contrasts with something previously said. As such, rather than connecting two parts of a sentence, it should only be used after a semicolon or in a new sentence: I like Brian May’s guitar solos.
Can I start a sentence with and/or but?
It’s Fine to Start a Sentence with a Coordinating Conjunction. And, but, and or are the three most common members of a group of words known as coordinating conjunctions. In fact, a substantial percentage (often as many as 10 percent) of the sentences in first-rate writing begin with conjunctions.
Is firstly a word or not?
The Oxford English Dictionary on firstly: Used only in enumerating heads, topics, etc. in discourse; and many writers prefer first, even though closely followed by secondly, thirdly, etc. First, and firstly are both correct, since first is also an adverb.
What can I say instead of but?
Synonyms for but
- on the other hand.