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    is it grammatically wrong to use a conjunction like 'but' or 'and' at the beginning of a sentence?

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    No, but many prescriptivists over the years have said it is. Have a search in other threads that discuss this topic and you'll find some useful links. Sorry - I haven't the time to do the searching for you.

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    am not a teacher jus a student a bit confused but thanks.
    is it the grice's maxims that mislead you.

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    No - it was the apparent formality of the ms. (We had to call our English teacher "Ma'am", but that was a while ago. )

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