Can I Start A Sentence With Because?

When a person is new to the English Language it may seem complex to understand the grammatical terms and rules but when learned with patience and full concentration everything gets fun and easy! As is we know English is a funny language! 😉

In the scientific study of language, there is a term called Syntax which is the study of sentence formation where one gets to study sentence structure, its sequence, grammatical relations, and much more about sentences. There are people who like to stick to the rules and think that if something is not going according to the rules then it’s wrong or incorrect. But what they forget is that language is flexible and it keeps changing. There is always something new that gets included and then there are exceptions too. So, sticking to the rules is not the only option sometimes.

In written English, grammar is very important. So, a writer needs to focus more on grammar than a person who is speaking. So, as a writer, if you are looking for answers to question related to sentences and one of your concerns is that if you can start a sentence using the word ‘because’ then keep reading this article –

Can I Start A Sentence With Because?

The simple answer to the question is – Yes. Yes, you can start a sentence with because.

But to start a sentence with because you need to keep a few things in mind so that when you start your sentence with the word ‘because’ it still should make sense to the readers or the listener and also the sentence must be able to express a complete thought without confusing the reader or the person listening. So, what is it that you need to keep in mind while starting a sentence with the word ‘because’?

Now, because is a conjunction and according to the Goole dictionary, it states two meanings –

  • ‘for the reason that; since.’
  • ‘used to introduce a word or phrase that stands for a clause expressing an explanation or reason.’

Now, according to some people, due to ‘because’ being a subordinate conjunction word and its function is to join two sentences i.e it is used to join the main clause with a dependent clause, it is incorrect to start a sentence with Because. But that is a myth. You can start a sentence using because with a slight change in the sentence structure. let us see how –

One rule that you need to keep in mind while starting a sentence with ‘Because’ is –

One thing you can do to make your sentence grammatically correct when using the word Because is by making a slight change in the sentence structure which means you have to keep the main clause in the last and also make sure to add a comma before the main clause. Let us see an example to understand the subject more clearly.

Example – Look at this sentence – ‘Lucy started reading because she wanted to learn English.’

The sentence is fine. But what if you want to start the sentence with ‘because’ then it will be –

‘Because Lucy wanted to learn English, she started reading.’

Can you see the shift in the sentence?

At first, there was a main clause and then there was the subordinate clause. But since we wanted to start with because we put the subordinate clause first and with the help of the punctuation mark, we joined the main clause to the sentence too which makes it a complete thought and grammatically correct. If you are a reader you have already realized how much such sentences are used by the authors in their novels.

The second way to start a sentence with because is in conversation especially when you are answering a question. Now the question comes how? Let us see another example –

Example – Why did she take the car? Because he allowed her.

You see while speaking you can start the sentence with the word ‘because’ and it won’t sound that much broken in fact such sentences help to understand the thing straight to the point.

So, these are the two ways of using the word ‘because’ to start a sentence. Writing takes patience and practice in order to get good at it. Keep learning and keep growing. Good luck with your writing!

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