Can you start a sentence with the word ‘ en ‘?

It depends, of course, on the context in which you start a phrase with ‘ and ‘.Grammatically, there is no problem with the use of ‘ and ‘ at the beginning of a sentence. The notion that no sentences should begin with ‘ and ‘ is grounded in a socially prevailing view. The use of ‘ and ‘ at the beginning of the sentence is seen as informal. Academic writing and formal writing know strict conventions about how one constructs a sentence. It is not professional to start a sentence with ‘ and ‘ in this case, simply because there are writing conventions that prohibit this. Somewhere this and-phobia has collapsed our formal language.

In Creative or journalistic writing, the issue is slightly more complicated.Many academics in this world still have an aversion to the word ‘ and ‘. But – and these academics will also not be happy that I have a phrase with ‘ but ‘ beginning – the many find the use of ‘ and ‘ at the beginning of the sentence handy and dynamic. There are good reasons to start a phrase with ‘ and ‘. Take a look at the following two sentences:

-We felt happy and amazed.

-We felt happy.And amazed.

The first sentence says something about the emotions that the people in question feel.The second sentence is more interesting, more dynamic. The phrase, and the pause caused by the point, puts more emphasis on the second part of the sentence. The astonishment may have become more important by this point. The reader is therefore challenged; The phrase has more depth and meaning.

Personally, I often use the word ‘ and ‘ at the beginning of my sentences.I think that – outside grammatically incorrect sentences – everything should be possible with language. If it feels good, reads and works to start a phrase with ‘ and ‘, you just have to do that.

And why not?

Funny that the examples,

“And it came to pass in the days,” and now something very different “,” and now we begin “a very different” and “is like in” Hansel and Grethel, “” It was late, and he had forgotten where the car was. ” The ‘ and ‘ at the beginning does not connect that phrase to the foregoing, but stresses that something new begins.”And then he said…” Then comes something new and different. “And where is Charles?” It resembles an exclamation mark at the beginning of a sentence.

The funny ‘ and or! ‘ seems like a shortening of ‘ well and or! ‘ It’s a kind of exclamation.And what about it?

Yes you can.I give you an example I know from my head:

And it came to pass that in those days there was a command of Emperor Augustus that the whole empire should be entered.

This is from the States Bible.The first translation from 1635 of the Bible into Dutch. The States Bible is invaluable in the Netherlands in linguistic terms because it clearly laid down the formal Dutch language and grammar. Combine that with the fact that the States Bible was read for centuries by believers and its influence on the Dutch language may be clear. Between 1637 and 1657, half a million copies were printed. An incredibly high number if you know that the population of the Netherlands was not yet 2 million people.

And OR!

Sometimes.If you want to take a suggestion in a brainstorming: and if we do…? Or if you want to pair two sentences without being bogged down in very long sentences. That you put a point instead of a comma.

No, unless.It can be a style tool but usually it is just a testament to the fact that someone has no language feeling. ‘ And ‘ is a add word and a add word is there to paste a sentence to a main phrase. If you make a main sense of that clause, it will not be without consequences. It sounds like you’re following a long break a (imaginary) main sentence continues. Very sometimes, for example when you want to mimic speaking language, that is acceptable.

Usually, however, it is just very ugly.If you start a sentence with ‘ and ‘ or, for example, with ‘ but ‘, you write as if you are talking and that usually does not come very professionally and convincingly – unless you consciously choose to sound like an excited stand for example. Of course there is also something like the other extreme. You can write as a not too clever official, with long opaque sentence constructions full of (semi-) legal terms and other jargon. In order to avoid this, Word and the language brighteners often advise phrases or sentences. However, you come from the rain in the drip.

The writing of long sentences is unquestionably not an easy task and it is almost only brought to a good end by people who have a large working memory and who, therefore, at the end of such a long sentence, still know which verb form and personal form They have started the sentence so that they can bring him to a semantically correct and grammatically correct end where the reader at the end of the sentence does not feel that he does not remember where the sentence started at the beginning.

You also need a fairly large lung content to be able to pronounce such a sentence.Lubbers-Crown Prince Brinkman is a good example. That man can (or could?) that too while he spoke. He often set it up as a weapon to exchange the subject in the middle of the sentence. In writing language, we have to do this in the doctrine of Thomas Mann, who could write sentences from a whole page or more. He was really good at this: you never have to ask for such a sentence where he started again. Pfeiffer refers to the construction of many sentences in Hotel Europa, but Pfeiffer does not get the linguistic level of Mann, possibly handicapped by the Dutch language. W.F. Hermans even wrote a novel that consists of one sentence, the Gospel of O. valiantly Brave. Obligatory reading for all the language brighers, I would say. I wander.

So you have short and long sentences and you have too long and too short sentences.Whether a phrase in the last or the first category falls is not determined by the number of words but by the user’s sense of language. Someone who can really write, keeps the middle between those two. Or better: So someone changes longer and shorter sentences into a beautiful rhythm that recalls poetry and classical music. And not to staccato-language of language terrorists. That use the language as a Kalashnikov. So someone puts the weapon of the enzin or nonsense so only when it is really necessary. Write a novella about boys – but nice guys – who perform a lot of spontaneous conversations with each other, then phrases that start with ‘ and ‘ are in place. Der Zauberberg , on the other hand, would be unthinkable if he were written in that style.

The use of ‘ and ‘ at the beginning of a sentence has increased in recent decades just as the (wrongly) separate writing of compositions.This has everything to do with the introduction of Word as a text editor. Word gives stupid and certainly in the past often wrong write advices. One of these is that sentences should be as short as possible. This stems from the ridiculous idea that you have to align your language with the greatest common denominator, so on the weak. This kind of advice is also given here, for example: ‘ Or if you want to link two sentences, without bogged down in very long sentences. That you put a point instead of a comma. ‘

That is exactly one of the most gruest things you can do in the Dutch language.Phrases are not for nothing. If you want to make a short sentence, do so. Can you do that only by making unphrases, let it write to others.

(This text is based in part on my no longer available book ‘ IT Leaks ‘ from 2012.)

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