I came across a form, and in one section it started, "Besides, I love to travel and talk to friends."

Paragraph prior to this sentence talked about something completely different. It struck me as being wrong. Am I correct in my assumption?

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    Why did it 'strike' you as wrong? Does it seem to violate some rule that you have heard of? Commented May 18, 2022 at 11:56
  • Thanks Michael. No rules. Just didn't sound / read right as a stand alone sentence. I was just asking.
    – David
    Commented May 18, 2022 at 12:03

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I don't think it is wrong, but it would suggest several possibilities:

  1. I was tired of listening to you, so I abruptly changed the subject.
  2. I completely misunderstood what you were saying, so to me this non sequitur seemed perfectly consistent with your remarks.
  3. I wasn't listening to you closely, so I inadvertently changed the subject.
  4. We were entering controversial territory, so I deliberately changed the subject, intending this to be humorous.
  5. I was paying attention to you, but what you were saying triggered a logical chain of ideas in my mind. I mentioned the last of these without realizing you couldn't possibly have followed my train of thought.
  • Someone voted this down, but absent an explanation, I don't see why. Commented May 18, 2022 at 15:15
  • I didn't vote you down. But what the questioner asked was about the use of the word besides at the start of a sentence that doesn't relate to the previous sentence. You have given a number of examples that may have led to the speaker's reaction without addressing the question. In grammatical terms, was it wrong to do so? Commented May 18, 2022 at 15:41
  • All of my examples were by way of showing how the use of Besides at the beginning could be perfectly valid. Commented May 18, 2022 at 15:48
  • True, but they didn't address the question. Let's leave it there. Commented May 18, 2022 at 19:23

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