Originally Posted by Miaspa
The purpose of the coordinating conjunctions is to link related words, phrases or clauses within a sentence, and that their use is valid only when the link is not interrupted by a period.
That's the description for a coordinating conjunction in the strictest of terms. The problem is the English lanuage becomes more defragmented
as time passes, so in time we wiil end up with no grammer.
I know it's not a new thing to consider using a coordinating conjunction
at the beginning of the sentence, you only have to look at the bards writing to confirm this.
And you managed to argue your point very well. (Bugger)
Sadly, I believe you're right about the fragmentation of the language and the rules of grammar that govern it.
I don't know how anybody is going to be able to communicate in the future, but I'm going to leave that problem to greater minds to solve.
I actually hate using conjunctions at the start of a sentence. It is a bad, sloppy habit that I have developed over the past few years.
I know enough to be able to break the rules properly (and I know where to find the right text books to back up "mistakes"
), but I find myself taking the liberty too frequently.
I know I can sound like the grammar police here
but I do try to keep a fairly tight rein on my criticisms. That said, there are posts made on AO that I don't even bother to read anymore because I can't be bothered trying to decipher text messaging short forms.
As I explained in my post earlier, I find that type of writing very disrespectful, especially to English-as-a-second-language speakers, and to people who aren't immersed in the wireless, messaging world.
I'm not saying that I expect people to compose perfect prose here. I know mine certainly isn't.
I know that my typing skills (or lack thereof) can get me into all kinds of trouble, especially when I start spouting off about other people's spelling and grammar.
I also know that this forum is a fluid, evolving dialogue, not an authoriative scholarly text, and that there is going to be lots of slang, plenty of casual grammar, and a ton of bad word play, and for the most part I enjoy all of it. I just wanted to give our new member a friendly reminder about the international nature of this board, and to let him know that misunderstandings crop up all time, even when we think we're speaking exactly the same language -- today's case in point, the discussion about carter vs. sump vs. oil pan in the thread about Selespeed's new car -- and that this place works a lot more smoothly if we try to make this as clear as possible right from the start.