Can You Start A Sentence with And or Other Conjunctions?

You’re starting a sentence with and, and your detail-oriented friend suddenly erupts with “Pssh! You can’t start a sentence with a conjunction!” 

Strange. You weren’t aware starting sentences with conjunctions was verboten.

Even your English teacher did it. So, it must be okay, you argue. 

“Nope. It’s not correct,” your friend insists. Except your friend is WRONG! 

Okay, that was a sweeping generalization (much like what your friend said).

But there are plenty of situations where it’s completely fine to start a sentence with and. 

You’ve heard the expression, “Pause for effect”?

Read on to see how that applies.

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