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    Although the government argues that the new law is not driven by financial considerations, many analysts believe otherwise.

    And, in times of economic crisis and austerity, there is no doubt that wider health reforms that the Spanish government is implementing are designed to reduce Spain's overall health bill.


    Spain currently spends around 9.5% of GDP on healthcare per year, which is the average amount developed countries in the OECD spend. Britain spends around 12% of its GDP.



    To start a sentence with the word 'And' is strange. How about the 2nd sentence of the above?

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    Re: And

    Quote Originally Posted by Tina3 View Post
    Although the government argues that the new law is not driven by financial considerations, many analysts believe otherwise.

    And, in times of economic crisis and austerity, there is no doubt that wider health reforms that the Spanish government is implementing are designed to reduce Spain's overall health bill.


    Spain currently spends around 9.5% of GDP on healthcare per year, which is the average amount developed countries in the OECD spend. Britain spends around 12% of its GDP.



    To start a sentence with the word 'And' is strange. How about the 2nd sentence of the above?
    NOT A TEACHER / NOT A NATIVE SPEAKER

    "And" in your example sentence does not strike me as odd at all. I believe its meaning here is, "What is more ...", "Plus ...", "Also ..."

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    #3

    Re: And

    Thanks Jarek
    We don't start sentences with the conjunction 'and'.
    Is it correct to write at the beginning of a sentence?

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    Re: And

    I agree with Jarek. I was going to say that in this context, 'and' means 'furthermore'.

    Tina, it's fine to write 'and' at the beginning of a sentence when used like this.

    Just don't do it too often.

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    Re: And

    Quote Originally Posted by Tina3 View Post
    We don't start sentences with the conjunction 'and'.
    But many of us do.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: And

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    But many of us do.
    Because it comes naturally.

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    Re: And

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Because it comes naturally.
    So we'll keep doing it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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