RE: Re: Can we start a sentence with "or" or "and" in a manual

Subject: RE: Re: Can we start a sentence with "or" or "and" in a manual
From: "Monique Semp" <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "Leonard C. Porrello" <Leonard -dot- Porrello -at- SoleraTec -dot- com>, "Michelle Despres" <michelle -dot- despres -at- gmail -dot- com>, "Nancy Allison" <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 10:26:25 -0800

Yes, sadly this is very good advice. So many people do *not* know the
rules that we sometimes have to "dumb down" our writing (not make it

When I was first getting into tech writing, a very good editor told me that
although I was absolutely right in my comprise/compose usage, I should
avoid it because it would look wrong to so many people. I've generally
followed her advice, but decided to use "comprises" correctly in a white
paper, figuring it was less "tech-y" and so ok for the audience. Well, my
marketing reviewer, who was generally fantastic with his grammar, wasn't
right about this. And when I showed him the proof (yes, I know I just
started a sentence with "and" :-), he conceded its truth, but then said
just what my long-ago editor said: change the wording so it doesn't look
wrong. Sigh.



> "And let me add a bit more about business writing: Despite the fact that
> it's not wrong to start a sentence with however, a lot of people think
> it's wrong;



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