Start sentence with "Having"?

Is it grammatically correct to begin a sentence with “Having”?

For example:

Yes

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It probably is, but it seems a little peculiar to be ‘claiming’ that you have been an abstract concept for any period of time, much less 25 years. Maybe a slight rework is needed.

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No.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv305.shtml

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You lost me…

Why then?

It is not incorrect, but it is considered poor style.
Even, “As an active accountant for …”, would be better.

Why is it poor style?

How would you improve it?

The one rider of this usage is that the “having” should refer to the main subject of the next clause. E.g.

Having seen the accident, I stopped my car

“Having seen” refers to I. If it referred to someone else, it wouldn’t work. (E.g. [The person over there] having seen the accident, I stopped my car.)

Your example appears to break this rule, as the “having” doesn’t appear to relate to the subject of the next clause:

Having been an account for over 25 years, it is my experience that…

Me/I is the following subject, so “having” should refer to you. But it doesn’t make sense to say that you have been an “account”, which is why people are objecting above. If the “having been” refers to something other than you, though (i.e. an account of some kind), then the grammar doesn’t work. You’d have to say something like this—

Having been an account for over 25 years, it shouldn’t just be closed without some kind of courtesy letter …

I guess it is ok for Americans considering the way they have already butchered the English language :slight_smile:

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It is grammatically correct and perfectly normal, if a bit haughty. All you have really done is use a ‘splicing comma’ to insert a supporting clause.

e.g…: “Since I have finished my meal, I can have dessert.” is the same as “I can have dessert since I finished my meal.”

@ralphm,

My OP should have said “accountant” and not “account”! :blush:

In that case, your original sentence is OK.

Wow, I got Ralph’s approval on something! :smile:

Do you agree with others above that it is “butchering” things and in “poor style”?

Is there a better way to say things?

No.

Cool.

Thanks.

That does make quite a significant difference. I’m good with that.

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I agree with

@dresden_phoenix
It is grammatically correct and perfectly normal, if a bit haughty.

Rather than start the sentence condescendingly, I think a better way would be to tentatively suggest the subject. Hopefully let the listener or reader draw a positive conclusion.

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Having resolved this important grammatical issue, can we now get back to solving the world’s computer problems.

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