Can we start a sentence with a conjunction?


Grammarians for Social Justice

Dear Grammourpuss; first, I like your handle and your site.

There is a reason why we don't usually start sentences with "but". A sentence is supposed to be a complete thought. A partial idea makes the sentence a tail without a dog.

If just the tail is what a writer wants, this is called anapodoton (I had to look it up). It's Greek for (guess what?) "leaving out the main clause".

Anon (gratefully received)


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