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Hi,

When I was in school, one of my English teachers mentioned we should not use "so" in the beginning of a sentence. I am not sure what the criteria are?

Are the sentences below can be more appealing or sophisticated without using "so"?

1. So, the movie tells us someone is always ready to come up with new inventions so you don't need to waste your time being on the leader board.

does it matter to put a comma after "so"? I don't usually see sentences beginning with "so" in novels or any publications...

I know the only place to use "so" is using in as an idiom like "the cat is so cute that I couldn't hug it."

Thanks,

Ryan
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clee62When I was in school, one of my English teachers mentioned we should not use "so" in the beginning of a sentence.
Your teacher was probably trying to discourage the strange habit that more and more people seem to be developing these days -- that of starting every sentence with "so" -- especially when answering a question.

-- Can you tell me something about your life?
-- So I was born in Ohio in 1915. ...

-- How does a light bulb work?
-- So first of all there has to be an electrical circuit. ...

-- Did you enjoy your vacation?
-- So we started last Saturday, and ...

Do not be tempted to imitate this nonsense!

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CJ
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I wouldn't do it in formal writing, but plenty of lines begin with "so" in poetry and in narrative prose.
I'd say the comma is optional, depending on whether you intend a pause.

I find paragraphs in naratives which begin, "So I did X."

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CalifJim-- that of starting every sentence with "so" --
Do not be tempted to imitate this nonsense!
I agree completely. It should be used only to indicate that the decision to take a course of action was based on the preceding information.
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