Beginning a sentence with “however”

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_650Laying down the law is a risky business. Michael Gove has been instructing his civil servants on grammar, but there is a snag.

There is a conflict. Look at these “rules”.

  1. It is good to read great writers to see how the job is done, and learn from them. A list of great writers has been provided by Mr Gove for guidance.
  2. Mr Gove is a fan of the “rule” that one should never begin a sentence with “however”.

This post from David Crystal gives examples of sentences from these great writers begin with “however”.

I suspect it is almost impossible to find a great writer who abides by all the “rules”.

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