Just in case anyone out there has been on pins and needles over this, according to thesaurus.com, it is permissible to begin sentences with coordinating conjunctions such as and and but. They gave the following examples of acceptable form.
- My neighbor is a nice guy who helps with yard work. And he gets me free coffee.
- The author announced another delay of her new book. And the reaction was just what you’d expect..
- It slices. It dices. It will file your taxes for you. But that’s not all!
- The comedian told all his best jokes. But nobody laughed.
Would I write this way? Sometimes, especially informally, such as in a blog post.
But However, I would keep it to a minimum and often seek alternatives as I did in this sentence by substituting however for but. But sometimes it seems less pedantic to stick closer to what we would commonly say in speech.
They advise that we can also do this with the other coordinating conjunctions.
- I didn’t tell my teacher I enjoyed her class. For that would be a lie.
- She didn’t hurt that poor kitty. Nor would she hurt any animal.
- We could say we saw an alien. Or we could pretend none of this ever happened.
- Dash ran as hard and as fast as he could. Yet he still only finished third in the race.
- My daughter really doesn’t want to clean her room. So she has been hiding from me all day.
- My kids would never steal something. Because they know stealing is wrong.
- I didn’t call his bluff. Although I was really tempted to.
- This puzzle is really easy. Even a baby could solve it.
- We will catch Bigfoot. If we can ever find him.
- She said she was going to meet Bart in Springfield. Wherever that is.
- Nate can be the best player on the team. When he feels like it.
- This mystery is all but solved. Now that Sherlock Holmes is here.
- The two brothers need to work together. Before it is too late.
The whole link is here.