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

Subject: RE: Can we start a sentence with "or" or "and" in a manual
From: "Handy, David" <dhandy -at- Informatica -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 12:27:40 -0000

In short, I believe that yes, we can do this. I start sentences with OR
in tech docs regularly.

"You can grind your coffee beans at Starbucks. Or you can grind them
yourself at home."

I think that's fine.

If there's any sense to the old rule against using conjunctions this
way, it may be this: don't start a piece of text - a chapter, a section,
anything that introduces an idea or procedure - with a conjunction. That
is, don't start a sentence with a conjunction if the reader can't
immediately tell what came before the conjunction.

Hope this helps,
David


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> Hello there!
>
> I am really confused with this... Can we start a sentence with "and"
> or "or". Please let me know your suggestions.
>
> Thanks much!
> Jennita
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References:
Can we start a sentence with "or" or "and" in a manual: From: Catherine, Jennita
RE: Can we start a sentence with "or" or "and" in a manual: From: Janoff, Steve
Re: Can we start a sentence with "or" or "and" in a manual: From: kafkascampi

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