Top 10 grammar myths: you must not start a sentence with however or hopefully

Many people have been taught not to start sentences with However or Hopefully, but that is not true today.

Hopefully traditionally meant ‘in a hopeful manner’, but its meaning broadened last century to include ‘it is hoped’.

Hopefully, you will find this grammar tip useful.
However, you may disagree with this usage.

Read more about the different meanings and punctuation of ‘however’ in my blog at

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