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is "In order to" a prepositional sentence starter? I use IEW writing curriculum, which requires one in my reports, but my teacher(aka my mother; I'm homeschooled) isn't sure.

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    In order to indicate you've done some research, please indicate why you think you wouldn't be able to start a sentence with it? ;) Do you have something in mind that you're not sure of? – Jason Bassford May 14 at 18:59
  • In order to is a fixed phrase that can almost always be inserted (instead of merely to) in infinitive purpose phrases, like He stopped to smoke, which means He stopped in order to smoke, and not He stopped smoking. If you want to call it a preposition, go ahead. It's not an ordinary one, but some folks like labels on everything. – John Lawler May 14 at 21:12

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