Is it ok to....

sadea   Wednesday, July 14, 2004, 06:32 GMT
Is it ok to start a sentence with 'and'?
Damian   Wednesday, July 14, 2004, 07:05 GMT
No. "And" is a conjunction in grammar. Others are: but, for, or, so, yet, then etc
They are linking words joining parts of a sentence together so "and" should only be used in a sentence when there is something preceding it eg: We went out for a meal last night and the food was excellent.

When "and" is used as the first word it is normally as a sort of afterthought or an addition to make a point. eg: We both enjoyed the food. And, what's more, the wine was just as good.
Jim   Wednesday, July 14, 2004, 07:52 GMT
"And" should never ever be use to start a sentence. There's a sentence which starts with "and" and I'm not sure that I completely agree. Aviod beginning sentences with "and", "but", "or", etc. in formal contexts but they're not going to kill you.
Someone   Thursday, July 15, 2004, 01:57 GMT
That rule is taught in schools, but no one really follows it... BTW, read this.