This week on Ask a Teacher, we answer a question from Achmad in Suriname. He asks: Can you start a sentence with "because" or "and"? Hello Achmad. Earlier this year on Ask a Teacher, we answered a reader who asked if sentences can begin with "and." The answer is yes. You can find the full answer on that program, which ran on January 8. Today, let's talk about "because." The word "because" is a conjunction that means "for the reason that." A conjunction is a word that joins other words or groups of words in a sentence. To answer your question: Yes, you can start a sentence with "because."