what second language is involved in your class?
despite his babyface, i have a sneaking suspicion "aboynoir" is just a pseudonym for the director of admissions at yale
Do not start a sentence with and or but in your presonal statement.
Just because your professor didnt like it, doesnt mean it was wrong. I had a professor cross out nymphomaniac when i was talking about Ben Franklin: not because it wasnt a word, i just dont think he liked who i was attributing it to (i dont think he liked my final choice of debauchery any better). in any case, starting sentences with and/but is grammatically correct. they just teach you when you are young not to do so because oftentimes kids do it incorrectly when they are first learning the language. Quote from: uncgal05 on July 29, 2004, 12:32:47 PMI am an English major, and for some reason I love starting sentences with and. BUT, i do remember in a class I took last semester my seasoned prof crossed it out every time i did it. So I guess it was wrong. The one I'll never forget is I was marked down for using "facial features" when I was writing on a book. The freaking author used the term over and over, so I used it. His reason was it sounds redundant. This was a high school Lit instructor. Go figure.
I am an English major, and for some reason I love starting sentences with and. BUT, i do remember in a class I took last semester my seasoned prof crossed it out every time i did it. So I guess it was wrong.
Quote from: aboynoir on July 29, 2004, 03:08:58 PMDo not start a sentence with and or but in your presonal statement.I think i disagree with this. Like Lexy said, there's no set rule. Plus, it depends how you want your personal statement to sound. If you want it to be extremely formal, then it probably wouldn't be a good idea ... otherwise, I say go for whatever ...
I'm not an English major, but my teachers have always drilled it into me that I shouldn't start sentences with coordinating conjunctions. Then again, they also beat the passive voice out of me, and I've never really understood that one.