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Because

Can you start a sentence with "because"? Certainly!

"Because" is a subordinating conjunction; it introduces a subordinate clause. And there is nothing wrong with starting a sentence with a subordinate clause—as long as the sentence also includes a main clause.

Wrong

Correct

Because I was tired.

Because I was tired, I took a nap.

Because I was hungry.

Because I was hungry, I ate lunch.

Because I love her.

Because I love her, I let her go.

 

Remember: Subordinate clauses cannot live alone; they always need a main clause in order to survive.

Wrong

Correct

While you were out.

  • While you were out, someone called.
  • Someone called while you were out.

After I got home.

  • After I got home, I did my homework.
  • I did my homework after I got home.

If it rains.

  • If it rains, I will stay inside.
  • I will stay inside if it rains.

 

Why did my elementary school teacher tell me that I cannot start a sentence with "because"?

She was trying to keep it simple. A more complete answer might have sounded something like this:

"Yes, you can start a sentence with 'because', but remember that a sentence that starts with 'because' is always part of a 2-part sentence. If you start a sentence with 'because', you must also include the 2nd part of the sentence."

Answering in Complete Sentences

Imagine that you are in Social Studies class, filling out a worksheet. The question is:

You answer:

That answer is acceptable only if your teacher accepts bullet points. (Bullet points can be sentence fragments). But if your teacher insists that you answer in "complete sentences", you will be forced to write something like this:

In the second example, the connection between the answer and the question is implied or understood.

Instructions for the Quiz

The quiz consists of 10 multiple-choice questions. Choose the answer that is a complete (grammatically correct) sentence.