I was taught never to start a sentence with “and”, but Doxical does it all the time. Why?
Never starting sentences with “and” or another coordinating conjunction (or, but) is a myth. It’s never been a rule of grammar and never will be. In fact, starting sentences with “and” is encouraged: it’s good writing practice because it helps to keep your sentences short. The same goes for ending sentences with prepositions: another myth perpetuated by English teachers and the media.
Whenever you connect clauses with “and”, “or”, or “but”, consider breaking the sentence and replacing the comma with a full stop—your writing will become much more concise and easier for the reader to digest. For example, your question could be written
I was taught never to start a sentence with “and”. But Doxical does it all the time. Why?
October 8, 2015 / Tim McAuley / 0