Using ‘with’ at the start of a sentence has traditionally been regarded as ‘weak’ writing. Writers also need to be wary about joining sentences by using ‘with’, as:
‘With is not a conjunction’.
That bold statement is a section heading in the Australian Government Style Manual.
However, many people do use ‘with’ in this way, so I’ve been getting on top of the subject.
What is a conjunction?
And, but and so are all conjunctions. They link two parts of a sentence together, generally after a comma.
✅ Jamie travelled to the UK last year, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 he has been unable to get home again.
✅ Sally had a slight fever, 𝘀𝗼 she stayed away from the office.
But not like this…
❌ Asha came top in her year, 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 straight-A grades in every subject.
What to do?
There are a gazillion good and proper uses of ‘with’ (✅ I am coming with you to town), but a conjunction is not one of them.
Instead, reword or split the sentence:
❌ Fire seasons have been more severe, 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 the 2019–20 summer the worst in Australia’s history.
❌ 𝗪𝗶𝘁𝗵 fire seasons more severe, the 2019–20 summer was the worst in Australia’s history.
✅ Fire seasons have been more severe. The 2019–20 summer was the worst in Australia’s history.
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