posted on Jul, 13 2016 @ 12:25 PM
a reply to: EnochRoot
Using a conjunction to start a sentence does not violate any English rules when applied to colloquial writing in an informal venue such as this one.
If the post requirements were such that each thread and subsequent comment had to be written in a formal fashion, the use of a conjunction could be
considered to be inappropriate or even improper by conventional standards. Until I took advanced English comp in college, I thought exactly as you
But here, in this informal setting you can resolve the conjunction with a comma, as I just did, to adhere to the rules of formal writing while also
keeping with the colloquial dialogue. Or you can write in the way you actually speak (like this...most people text in this manner too), which is often
in sentence fragments as new thoughts occur to us: "But what about ____?", or to simplify what we're trying to say: "Or not...", or to make each
statement stand on its own to emphasize a point: "I feel very angry. And confused. And I don't like feeling that way. But I do anyway. And it is
important to me that you understand that."
But it's really annoying when you've had something ingrained since grade school as being incorrect or improper start popping up all over the place.
One in particular really got to me personally; writers using sentences like: "When the waiter arrived with his drink he was annoyed to see it was tea
not soda as he had ordered." What the quark?? What the hell happened to the comma?? Don't these people have editors??
But I found that this, too, is perfectly acceptable. And it still bothers me even knowing that, because it flies in the face of what I was taught in
school as a child. And if I see it more than once in the same paragraph, I'll begin to develop a twitch in my eyelid because it irks me so much. Have
I caused you to twitch yet? ;P
This person breaks it down pretty well: