Start sentence with "Having"?

Did you read the article I linked to? It gives quite detailed information, including:

However, in written English participial clauses can be very useful. As you can see from the examples above, when the subject in the participle clause is the same as the participle in the main clause, they enable us to say the same thing, but with fewer words.

(Oh, sorry - I forgot:



Content issues are welcome here too. :slight_smile:

So please provide an example of how you would re-write my sentence above.

Grammar hater! :smile:

I skimmed it, but it was a bit intense for me.

If I recall what I skimmed, since “I” am the subject before and after the comma, I guess using having as I did is okay in that example.

I did read most of it, but it was a bit advanced for my tired IT brain last night.

TL;DR (Wiki Definition)

Immediate thoughts were, content does not mention the subject and instead endeavours to establish author’s credibility.

In the good old days the “elevator pitch” to a captive audience was estimated aound five minutes. Current information technolgy has considerably reduced the window and web site’s Bounce Rate is increasing. Time spent scanning a web-page is now milli-seconds!

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

If the above sentence was the first for the article then about a dozen words are irrelevant. Also most likely to be automatically included in a crawlers automatic summation of the web-page.

I also think that credibility statements are more suited to the article footer.

Start sentence with Having?

To continue the article heading I would perhaps try something contradictory which is hopefully personal to the reader and is more likely to gain their precious attention:

*Contrary to many reader’s belief, “having” is a not only acceptable but also becoming more popular… *

Just my two Satang.

fewer and fewer people like to (or know how to) read in today’s society.

few refers to a number
less refers to a quantity or amount

American butchery at work.


No offense intended, John, but you seem a bit condescending yourself there :wink:


“Having a baby is harder than making the baby.”

How else would you say it?



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I guess that’s fine, besides its your choice on how you want to start your sentence.

That wasn’t the question. The question was “is it grammatically correct” to start a sentence this way?

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