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    Why can we not start a sentence with the word 'and'?

    I was wondering why exactly its incorrect to do this?

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    Re: Why can we not start a sentence with the word 'and'?

    Quote Originally Posted by sophiekins View Post
    I was wondering why exactly its incorrect to do this?
    The idea behind the 'rule' was that and links two things; logically, there has to be something before and, or there can be no linking. But, as we know, most languages don't operate completely logically.

    Try this for advice:

    "You do not nomally put and at the beginning of a sentence, but you can sometimes do so when you are writing down what someone said, or writing in a conversational style'

    Send him ahead to warn Eric. And close that door
    .I didn't mean to scare you. And I'm sorry I'm late."

    Sinclair, John (Editor in Chief) (1992) Collins Cobuild English Usage,
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    Re: Why can we not start a sentence with the word 'and'?

    Quote Originally Posted by sophiekins View Post
    I was wondering why exactly its incorrect to do this?

    ***** A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION *****


    Sophie,


    (1) Most "experts" now agree that in modern English, it is not incorrect

    to start a sentence wirh "and" -- if it is done correctly.

    (2) Index to English by Wilma and David Ebbitt write:

    Used with restraint, it can contribute to movement and

    emphasis. Overused, it can be damaging to both, as well

    as boring for the reader.

    (3) In other words, do not use it too often, but -- occasionally --

    it is fine.

    (a) Here is an example from one of my grammar books:

    Tim is a good gardener. And that's not all.

    Breaking up that compound sentence into two short sentences

    gives it a certain emphasis that the following does not have:

    Tim is a good gardener, and that is not all.

    (4) If you have any questions about sentences that begin

    with "and," you can post them here. And some of the

    great teachers here will answer. Some of us non-teachers would

    also be happy to give our opinions.


    Have a nice day.

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