How to stop using but in writing

How to stop using but in writing

The simplest way to avoid using “but” at the beginning of a sentence is to rephrase the sentence to eliminate the need for the word “but.” You can also substitute an adverb word or phrase for “but,” such as “however,” “on the other hand,” or “though.” You can also combine two opposing sentences into one compound sentence by inserting “but” after a comma rather than after a period.

We seem to process the word “but” in such a way that whatever comes before it is irrelevant, but what comes after it is the only truth that remains.

When we say a sentence that begins with “but,” we usually put the good before the bad. That is extremely harmful to those who listen. And is more profound than what we think, such as those parents who always put a but to their children.

For example:

“It’s awesome that you had A+ in all subjects but you only had a B on maths”

That will be processed internally to the listener only as “I am not good at math”, the A+ are not even worthy.

If you have to say it, it’s much better to say

“You only have a B on math but It’s awesome that you had an A+ in all subjects”

It also work for personal branding

“Due to the sudden unexpected big difficulties, we got eight of our nine goals achieved but we couldn’t develop last step”

way better to say

“Due to the sudden unexpected big difficulties, we couldn’t develop the last step but we eight of our nine goals achieved”

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