Saturday, January 20, 2007

But I was told to never do that!

"Never start a sentence with 'but'!" Is this true? I've seen many instances in writings where sentences are started with the word "but." And what about "and," "a," and "an"?

1 comment:

Pat said...

The second paragraph on page 10 of the textbook talks about the use of sentence fragments. The correctness of such usage depends on context, purpose, and so forth.

You were taught not to write sentence fragments because your teachers wanted you to know the difference between a complete sentence and a fragment. Now that you know, you can use fragments for effect; be careful, however, that such usage is appropriate to the purpose, occasion, etc., of your work.

"A" and "an" are articles and can be used to start sentences; for example, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" is a complete sentence.