Since I first learned English, I have been holding this understanding that “and”, as a conj. but unlike “but”, can only connect two clauses, not two sentences ended with periods.
But recently, I have seen so many prints, either in entertainment or in academia, where “And” is popularly used in the beginning of a sentence. It seems like the author is trying to connect the sentence just right before and the sentence following “And” in some intended meaning which I don’t quite get.
I was wondering if I have been wrong all the time, or if there is a new trend that I fail to understand and accept? How to understand such usage of “and” in rigorous English grammar? If I am right, why it is used differently from “but” in terms of what I mentioned at the beginning of this post?
Small children have a particular writing style that teachers often mark as wrong.
We had a field trip. And we went to the zoo. And we saw monkeys. And they were funny. And then we went home. And the bus was noisy.
Nobody thinks that’s a well-written story. So the teacher circles all the “And”s and says “don’t start a sentence with and“. But somehow we all internalize that as a rule for all of life — which it isn’t.