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    Default Using coordinating conjuctions to begin a sentence...

    In what situations would this be acceptable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammar8451 View Post
    In what situations would this be acceptable?

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    In writing, the coordinating conjunctions and, but and or are traditionally viewed as being inappropriate as the first item in a sentence. However, they frequently occur as sentence beginners in both speech and writing, though less so in very formal and academic writing styles. In this way they provide important cohesive links between sentences, and should not be thought of as ‘bad style’:

    A universal cry of horror and fury arose: Vengeance! The bodies of the victims were loaded on a cart lit with torches. The cortege moved back amidst curses at a funeral pace. And in a few hours Paris was covered with barricades.

    Glass could be impregnated with inorganic pesticides, then ploughed into the land. Or pellets impregnated with trace elements could improve the diets of cattle; in impoverished pastures similar pellets would protect cattle from parasites.

    By Cambridge Grammar of English

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