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I'd like to know if it's possible to start a sentence with 'then'.
Then, he walked away.
Or is it:
He then walked away.
John gave his condolences to the family and then he walked away.
I don't know that it is technically incorrect to start a sentence with then (perhaps another poster will answer that), but it seems ackward to me and incomplete. The second sentence also sounds like it needs something before it, e.g.:
Having given his condolences, he then walked away.
DutchGirlI'd like to know if it's possible to start a sentence with 'then'.Yes. And a comma is not necessary.
Then he walked away.
Peter approached the cliff. Then, he walked away. (correct)
Peter approached the cliff; then, he walked away. (correct)
Peter approached the cliff; he then walked away. (correct)
Peter approached the cliff, then he walked away. (INCORRECT -- Comma Splice)
Peter approached the cliff, and then he walked away (correct)
Anonymous:Then, he walked away. (This is NOT correct. There should not be a comma after then in this sentence.)
DutchGirlI'd like to know if it's possible to start a sentence with 'then'.You can start a sentence with anything – even 'and' or 'but'.
Anonymous:Thank you to Jose Blanco, for your comprehensive answer based on rules of grammar rather than opinion or guesswork.
Anonymous:That is not true. You can't start a sentence with 'cause. (In American Standard English that is...)
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