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01 May 2013

Writing: "Is it Correct to Begin a Sentence with Or, And, Also or But?"

Prescriptive grammar requires that you should not begin a sentence with conjunctions like "also, but, and, or."  Starting sentence with these conjunctions is considered to be very informal. Use the following instead:

A. for also/ and, use = moreover, furthermore, in addition, B. for but, use= however, on the other hand, C. for or, use= the other option is, another choice is, another alternative is

Regarding ALSO, you can just put “also” near the verb: 
Also, she will 
also have more time to do her hobbies

HOWEVER, many writers and grammarians do not strictly follow this rule.  Some writers begin sentences with “also, but” and “and” [or is excluded]. 

WHICH RULE SHOULD YOU FOLLOW?  FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE GUIDELINES
If the sentence is quite long, use moreover, furthermore, in addition, however, on the other hand,
If you already used moreover, furthermore, in addition, however, on the other hand in the last sentence, you may use “and, but, also” in the other sentences to create variety. Using so many “however, furthermore” and similar words is not advisable.




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