Posted: Mar 21, 2014 12:35 pm
by nunnington
Yes, it used to be one of the great rules in written English - don't start a sentence with 'and', but now it seems acceptable, as long as it follows on. And I think this is sensible. Hee hee hee.

But in conversation, it is one of the great fillers, which we use, to have a pause/think, rather like 'er'.

There are some interesting uses of it - e.g. emphatic 'and' - 'And the bastard never even thanked me for removing his condoms!'

Also interesting is 'And?', as a one word reply, meaning something like 'OK, what is the implication of what you have said, because so far, it seem a load of nonsense.'

I think a lot of focus has been on its use between clauses, where it conveys time and also a logical connection, e.g. 'he went in the park and fell over', 'he slipped on a banana skin and broke his leg'. Also interesting is its use with imperatives - 'do that, and I'll kill you'.