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Guest:I was always taught that you should never begin a sentence with the words: and or but, etc...is this true, because recently a professional writer said that you can begin a sentence that way and she does so all the time.
Does anyone have an other opinion?
suzi:it is one of those pretty pointless old rules, some ppl will still be sniffy about it. Indeed, it still seems odd to me to see "and" as sentencer opener, "but" seems increasingly OK, if the situation needs it!
Instead of starting the sentence with But, I join the two sentence.
ex.. I am ............ ,but ............... (1st sentence + comma + but+ 2nd sentence)
suzi:The Bible and Shakespeare and anyone else who wrote their texts pre-1760 are full of such examples, cos that's (approximately) the date when the "rule book" that has shaped our sense of "correct" style was published!
But if you are talking about Literature all styles are valid. That's my view.
Remember how trellis answered questions here at EF? He had his personal style that made his anwsers look like pieces of painting, he alternated lines with several words followed by lines with an unique word, those unique words used to be "and", "but". Besides, he added humour to the anwers and this, plus his accurate explanations were very good for us because we didn't have to put any effort in remembering, the rule or the explanation got impressed in mind easily. I miss his answers, he even was willing to proofread long writings, not only short questions about Grammar or usage, so good teacher and everything for free!This EF site is a marvel for students, I hope it continue like this for decades
Anonymous:The use of the word 'and' or 'but' at the beginning of a sentence is an informal style of writing that is useful for emphasising a particular point. In my opinion it is acceptable to use the word 'and' to start a sentence as long as it continues an argumentative point as opposed to adding description.
Here are some examples:
(incorrect) There are five people in the car. And they are wearing seatbelts.
(correct) Michael's car was his favourite colour, red. And, in choosing this particular colour, Michael had also considered the effect of depreciation on the future resale value.
Anonymous:Conjunction are not to be used at the beginning of a sentence, since it creates an incomplete thought. For example it would be improper to say: However, it IS acceptable to use "and" and "but" as you might "in addition" or "however". It depends on your thought and sentence structure.
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