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Can You Start a Sentence With “And” or Other Conjunctions?

The truth is, there’s nothing wrong with starting sentences with conjunctions. In fact, it can even make things better if done properly.

Milena Lazova
Milena Lazova

The English grammar rule of whether you should start a sentence with a conjunction or not is confusing. While you’ve probably grown up being taught that this is wrong, many writers are, thankfully, ignoring this ancient rule.

The truth is, there’s nothing wrong with starting sentences with conjunctions. In fact, it can even make things better if done properly.

Even though using a conjunction at the beginning of a sentence is ok, you should have a few things in mind to ensure you do it right.

Can You Start a Sentence With “And”?

Starting a sentence with “and” is perfectly acceptable, provided that the phrase can stand on its own. You can use “and” to connect two thoughts and make the latter more dramatic, forceful, or impactful.

However, you don’t want to overdo it, as that will only make your piece of writing more stilted instead of beautiful.

Example:

She saw something approaching. And then she heard a scream.

Using “and” at the beginning of sentences is not recommended for formal writing but is often found in informal writing and novels.

Can You Start a Sentence With “But”?

Yes, you can. Separating two phrases with a period and starting the second with “but” is a great way to emphasize the contrast created with the conjunction.

You should, however, avoid starting too many sentences with “but” in a single piece of content.

Example:

It’s important to look good. But, is it better to look good than to be honest?

Can You Start a Sentence With “As”?

Just like other short conjunctions, “as” can also be used at the beginning of sentences, especially in informal writing. We use this conjunction to connect a result with a cause, to mean “during the time that”, or “in the way that”.

Example:

As you already know her, there’s no need for me to tell you how stubborn she is.

Can You Start a Sentence With Other Conjunctions?

Other conjunctions in the English language are “or”, “yet”, “so”, “for”, and “nor” and they can all be used to start a sentence, usually in informal writing.

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Milena Lazova

I'm an ESL teacher with over 7 years of experience in providing original content. I really like writing educational articles which may help others learn some aspects of English.


Milena Lazova

I'm an ESL teacher with over 7 years of experience in providing original content. I really like writing educational articles which may help others learn some aspects of English.

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