Today’s grammar post is going to be short and sweet.
I don’t know about you, but when I was in school, I was taught to never begin a sentence with words like And, But, or So. However, like many grade-school grammar teachings, this one goes alongside the “rule” about putting a comma “wherever you would normally take a breath” and simply doesn’t hold up.
In most cases, it is completely acceptable to begin a sentence with a conjunction (and, but, so, etc.). Cases where a conjunction may not be appropriate are in more formal writing such as a scholarly paper or medical journal.
So don’t feel beholden to an ancient rule and start using conjunctions to begin sentences! Just make sure you’re not starting every sentence with a conjunction, and don’t just do it because you know you can.
Articles for further reading on this topic:
Were you ever taught this rule? Do you start sentences with conjunctions?