And I started a Sentence with But
This blog post gives the information well, so we decided to reblog it for your reading pleasure. The use of and or but for a sentence starter gives a conversational feel to your writing. If you write something that needs that conversational feel, you now have permission to start sentences with and or but. Dialogue would fall under this category. So, get rid of the grammar guilt and use this little technique, but use it sparingly and for effect. Gram & Imma
Why is it we often feel guilt about our grammar? Well, we’ Grams do, anyway! Is it because we’re writers? Is it because the rules of grammar were pounded into our heads in school? While some rules need strict adherence, others may be disregarded on occasion. We don’t disregard them without a reason, however. Writers sometimes like to add emphasis or create something to catch the eye and make a passage different by letting a rule go. Some writers have become famous for this. Do you know a few?
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Spectrum: Grammar Nazi|——————————————-|Who cares?
I find that “Grammar Guilt” makes me obsess over my writing a little too much. We left-brained people have a tendency to do that anyway. Imma helps me move from the far end of the spectrum (the Grammar Nazi), while I help her move from the other end (Who Cares). If you feel guilt or obsession about your grammar, I’m guessing you spend too much time on the obsession or on trying to ‘perfect’ your writing grammatically.
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Slipping past the inner Grammar Nazi
The “and/but” as a sentence starter gives you a way to slip past your Grammar Nazi Inner Guardian without really breaking any rules. If you have moved to the dark side, start letting a few things go. I think you’ll find your writing much more free for the effort. If someone is paying you for writing correctly, do it. If you are writing for other reasons, or blogging, lighten up on yourself a bit and enjoy what you create–even if it’s not perfect! <3 Gram :)
Can you start a sentence with “and” or “but”?
As a writer, I often find myself in situations when I want to use “and” to start a sentence. But you’re not supposed to start a sentence with a conjunction – right? Yet I was very surprised when a piece of academic writing was returned to me with a comment along the lines of “don’t use ‘however’ to start a sentence when a simple ‘but’ will suffice”. But … But … But … Isn’t that wrong? I thought to myself. Well, apparently, it’s not. So, was it ever a grammar rule? Or is it a rule we’ve manipulated with contemporary approaches to language? And won’t someone think of the conjunctions?!
(Did anyone count how many times I started with a conjunction in that paragraph? How many times do YOU start a sentence with a conjunction?)
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