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Is it appropriate to start a sentence with 'and'? We like to do it in my language. It emphasizes that the action in the sentence is a continuation of the previous. And it makes the flow of ideas more softer.

And they lived in paradise. And they were naked but not ashamed.

In my language if I start a sentence with 'and' I can omit the object. Because it is clear that the action happens with the previous object. Can I do it in English?

He called me. And said that he would be late.

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Googling "start sentence with and or but" shows many links saying that this is perfectly acceptable, despite assertions to the contrary. This is a nice explanation:

There is a persistent belief that it is improper to begin a sentence with And, but this prohibition has been cheerfully ignored by standard authors from Anglo-Saxon times onwards. An initial And is a useful aid to writers as the narrative continues. - From The New Fowler's Modern English Usage

While it's considered a bit informal, it's perfectly acceptable.

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