For the introduction to my essay, can I start a sentence with the word "imagine"?

3 Answers
Oct 30, 2016

I think that there are better ways to start an essay


If you are making an introduction to an essay, I would not use "imagine".

When introducing anything, you have to write it so that all readers of your work can relate. If you begin it with "imagine", you may write something that the reader can not imagine because they either don't know was it is or have never seen it before.

If the reader doesn't know what they are supposed to be imagining, they could feel a disconnect between them and your writing. And therefore, they loose interest in continuing to read.

Even though you may be writing an assignment for your teacher and they know what you are talking about, write the essay as if you are explaining it to someone that was locked away from all outside associations that way you have complete detail and aren't too vague with what you're writing.

If you need alternative beginning starters, let me know. I might be able to help. Also let me know what your essay is about or what kind of essay (book report, informative) because that could also determine what kind of sentence starter you'd want.



Introducing something within an essay (and even the entire topic of the essay), there are a lot of different ways to approach it. A powerful one that asks the reader to step outside of themselves and into the world you are introducing is to use the word "Imagine".

For instance, in an essay about US Immigration policy in the 1800s, you could ask your reader to imagine what it would be like to be kept in the holding cells on Ellis Island for months, having your name changed without your consent, etc.

Sometimes movie trailers ask us to imagine something, such as:

Imagine a world, without borders, without limits, without limitations - or something like that.

Another way to show the power of the word "imagine" when introducing a concept or essay is to see how it's used in this song - John Lennon's Imagine:

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one


And for fun here's the youtube:

John Lennon's Imagine

Oct 31, 2016

You can start an essay with anything you want. It does not matter how it starts all that matters is how you get the point across. thought you'd like an easy answer .lol.