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    Wink Punctuation in case of and.

    Hello everyone,

    I was playing Football yesterday, and my sister was cooking dinner.
    I was playing Football yesterday. And my sister was cooking dinner.

    I know While is far more appropriate than and here, but I want to know whether these two sentences are right or not? And if they are true, which one is more formal?


    Thanks. I appreciate it.

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    Default Re: Punctuation in case of and.

    I am not a grammar czar, but here goes...

    I would not agree that while is "far more appropriate", unless you were trying to make a point about the relative timings of the two events. Hence, "I was playing Football yesterday, and my sister was cooking dinner" is perfectly normal and appropriate.

    Your second version: "
    I was playing Football yesterday. And my sister was cooking dinner" is a bit more unusual. One does not routinely start a sentence with "And", unless one is making a specific comment: separating the two statements to achieve an effect. Reading this would make me think that there was something out of the ordinary about your sister cooking dinner: perhaps she resented doing it because she wanted to play football too?

    By the way, one does not normally spell "football" with a capital "F".

    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: Punctuation in case of and.

    Umm so It's unusual, or un-natural to be more specific. The sentence should have been: I was playing football. And my sister was cooking the dinner, she was resented doing it because she wanted to play football too?

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    Default Re: Punctuation in case of and.

    Quote Originally Posted by saloom2 View Post
    Umm so It's unusual, or un-natural to be more specific. The sentence should have been: I was playing football. And my sister was cooking the dinner. She resented doing it, because she wanted to play football too.
    I wouldn't even say it's un-natural. And it's becoming more common, like starting sentences with "But". Feel free to do so when there's a good reason. But don't overdo it!
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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