Is it possible to end a sentence with some word and then begin the next sentence with the same word?

For example,

The health of the environment is measured by its biodiversity. Biodiversity is ..

The repetition of the word in question, e.g. biodiversity: is it grammatically possible? Is there some rule against it?

Could you please provide a reference or some evidence to support your answer?

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    Did someone tell you it was "ungrammatical"? There is no rule against it. And, in English at least, it has nothing to do with grammar. – AmE speaker May 21 '17 at 15:05
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    Shakespeare; To die, to sleep. To sleep, perchance to dream. Does this count as evidence? – Peter Shor May 21 '17 at 15:08
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    Today I would like to talk about baseball. Baseball is... The usage you are asking about is often used in contexts of introducing some subject, or defining some word. – AmE speaker May 21 '17 at 15:13
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    It's not only possible, it can be considered good style. We like to link the first parts of new sentences back to old information and put new things at the end. – Araucaria May 21 '17 at 16:06
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    (Could you please supply a reference to support your claim to have researched this?) – Hot Licks May 21 '17 at 18:30

Sure. It's not only possible, it's used as a literary device for poems, speeches etc. But like any other, do not overdo it.

"The term anadiplosis is a Greek word which means “to reduplicate”. It refers to the repetition of a word or words in successive clauses in such a way that the second clause starts with the same word which marks the end of the previous clause."


Example from the movie Gladiator,

“The general who became a slave. The slave who became a gladiator. The gladiator who defied an emperor. Striking story!”

  • There seems to be a minor inconsistency between the quoted description and the quoted example. Technically, the second sentences in that example start with "the", which isn't the last word of the previous sentences. – sumelic May 21 '17 at 17:56

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