Re: Things not to put after a full stop.

Subject: Re: Things not to put after a full stop.
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2002 16:17:09 -0700

Mark Emson wrote:

The discussion was on which words are not allowed after a full stop
(period). The range of allowable and non allowable was amazing. What rules
do you guys apply and what is the rule called?

From my own memory/education, I never use And, As, But, Because. I'm sure
there are more but I can't recall them at the moment.

For anyone who knows my views on grammar, this comment is probably predictable, but:

Any of the words you mention can be used to start a sentence. Many teachers tell you that they can't, because they don't want you to write sentence fragments, and these words lend themselves to writing in sentence fragments. However, you can use most of these words at the start of a sentence that is correct by the strictest grammatical rules.

Not that there's anything wrong with writing in sentence fragments in the right context. For those who insist that a sentence is a complete unit of thought, and must contain both a subject and a verb, I have only two words to say:

Yes? Really?


You can trust me on this: I used to be a university English instructor

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