I came across this sentence when I searched for the definition of the word "nor":

"Cooking quickly doesn't mean sacrificing flavour. Nor does fast food have to be junk food."

This is the source of the sentence (the 3rd definition of "nor")

On the site, "nor" is described as a conjunction, and my opinion is that it should have been like this:

Cooking quickly doesn't mean sacrificing flavour, nor does fast food have to be junk food.

So, does the site show the right thing?

Thank you in advance!

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This usage is fine. It would be similar to a phrase like "I went to technical school for three years. And I hated it" (or a similar construction with "but" instead of "and").

A google search on "nor at the beginning of a sentence" produces lots of hits, all agreeing that this is OK (but pointed out that it used to be discouraged by style guides).

This site discusses sentences that begin with conjunctions more generally; specifically with coordinating conjunctions ("for", "and", "nor", "but", "or", "yet", "so", ...).

This site (the first one I happened to look at) says:

'Nor' without 'neither'

“Nor” doesn’t necessarily have to appear in a sentence with the word “neither.” “Nor” can start a sentence. For example, if you’ve just mentioned that you don’t usually wake up at 6 a.m. and you want to continue being negative, you can start another sentence with “nor”: 'Nor do I like to wake up at 5 a.m.'

  • Thank you very much for your response! Now I'm sure that I can use "nor" and any other coordinating conjunction like in the quote.
    – Alex Frt
    Jan 23, 2022 at 21:31

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