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    And the answer is yes.

    Hi,

    Question:
    Could you please explain the usage of "and" in my sentence.

    Sentence:

    "The question often arises in the general public: Can we do something about this. And the answer is yes.


    My opinion:
    The "and" is at the start of a sentence, so it is very special.
    According to the following link, I think we can use meaning 9 - (used to introduce a consequence or conditional result):


    And | Define And at Dictionary.com

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    Re: And the answer is yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    Could you please explain the usage of "and" in my sentence.

    Sentence:

    "The question often arises in the general public: Can we do something about this. And the answer is yes.


    My opinion:
    The "and" is at the start of a sentence, so it is very special.
    According to the following link, I think we can use meaning 9 - (used to introduce a consequence or conditional result):


    And | Define And at Dictionary.com

    Thanks
    I think it's just a simple conjunction used to connect grammatically coordinate words, phrases, or clauses.

    1. "The question (: Can we do something about this?) often arises in the general public. The answer is yes."

    2. "The question often arises in the general public (: Can we do something about this?) and the answer is yes."

    3. The question often arises in the general public: Can we do something about this? And the answer is yes.


    The speaker has simply joined thoughts together. What is marked by a full stop in the written form may be simply a (dramatic?) pause in the spoken delivery. I see little of consequence or conditional result here.

    And it's quite common to start sentences with conjunctions, despite what generations of teachers have told us. But I don't recommend it in formal writing.

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