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Literacy Focus

By Miss Ravenscroft

Literacy Focus

Word of the week


adjective [luh-kon-ik]

Using few words.

Starting a sentence with a conjunction

The Rule: There is widespread belief that it is incorrect to start a sentence with a co-ordinating conjunction such as and, but and or. However, this is not the case. In fact, a substantial percentage (often as many as 10 percent) of the sentences in first-rate writing begin with conjunctions.

‘And the idea that and must not begin a sentence, or even a paragraph, is an empty superstition. The same goes for but. Indeed either word can give unimprovably early warning of the sort of thing that is to follow.’

Kingsley Amis, 
The King’s English (1997)

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