poohbcarrot wrote:BUT should NEVER be used to start a sentence!
If you have the following two sentences;
It was raining. I went out.
The two ideas can be combined thusly (is that a word?)
It was raining, but I went out.
It was raining. However, I went out.
Although it was raining, I went out.
It was raining. But I went out. IS WRONG!
I'll bet Sir Pterry doesn't use "but" to start a sentence (not including dialogue because that's a whole different kettle of marine-living quadropeds )
If someone can supply me with a TP sentence beginning with "but", I'll donate 5 pounds to Alzheimer's.
You are Quite correct Poohbcarrot. The word But is a Negative conjunction which negates the former part of a sentence. However, in my Haha brilliance in trying to avoid runon sentences, I am quite guilty of occasionally doing just that. Damn these Mortal Coils... quite snakey to get out of long enough to be the Shining Star that I am Sure I was meant to be << at self!!