Can I start a sentence with “but” or “and”?

Through the piercing screech of chalk on the blackboard, you discern a command: "Never start a sentence with 'and' or 'but,'" your school teacher stated. Forget this "rule." It's perfectly fine to begin a sentence with a conjunction, such as or, but, and or so. Most experts think the made-up rule stemmed from an oversimplification; … Continue reading Can I start a sentence with “but” or “and”?

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Avoid redundancy

In past tips, I've highlighted the importance of avoiding wordiness. Clear, concise writing conveys your message quickly and directly, and helps us keep readers' attention. One way to do this is to avoid redundancy. We can eliminate adjectives and prepositions that some words' meanings already include. For example, the phrase "tall skyscraper" is redundant because … Continue reading Avoid redundancy

Forbidden fallacies: Hasty generalization

At some point, a teacher or professor probably told you to avoid fallacies in your writing. What are fallacies? Put simply, fallacies are arguments or conclusions based on faulty logic. Avoiding them will strengthen your writing and help gain readers' trust. There are many fallacies, but today I'll highlight one: hasty generalization. What is hasty … Continue reading Forbidden fallacies: Hasty generalization