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I'm doing this essay that's due in a week and I'm a little stuck. It's a compare and contrast essay and I'm starting a sentence using the conjunction or. Can you do that or do you a have to use another word/phrase?

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  • What's the context? Can you tell us the sentence in question and the sentence before it? Oct 7, 2014 at 0:02
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    Or you give a context or the question is unanswerable :) Oct 7, 2014 at 0:06

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Yes, there are circumstances when it is appropriate to start a sentence with a conjunction. So long as the sentence is not the entirety of a work, you have appropriate context from either the prior paragraph or from the prior sentence within the same paragraph. Or you could invoke artistic license, and abandon the context altogether.


Mind, just because usual english language practice allows a thing when appropriate does not necessarily mean that your usage is appropriate, or that the practice is even allowed in your particular assignment. Since you have a week, write the essay as you have it now, and ask whomever you're writing it for if they have any specific rules.

Even if you're not in school, the house style may trump what you're writing for a reference manual, newspaper, or whatever.

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