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For years our teachers have told us, "Don't start your sentences with a conjunction!" However, the rules are changing.

If you're anything like me, for years and years you avoided using "but," "and," or "yet" to start a sentence. This often resulted in run-on sentences or short, choppy ones. The good news is that the rules are changing and it is now considered acceptable to start a sentence with a conjunction.

The most common conjunctions to start a sentence are "and" and "but," as show in the examples below.

      • Starting a sentence with a conjunction can be tricky. But, when you use it sparingly, it can be very effective.
      • Many business people think starting a sentence with a conjunction is unprofessional. And, you may still believe that too.

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