So what are these sly little sand-traps?
Initial Conjunctions are when you start your sentences with a conjunction, such as And, But, Or, For, So, Yet, or Because.
While it’s perfectly acceptable to start with an initial conjunction, doing it too often can quickly become annoying to the reader.
Initial –ING verbs, meanwhile, are sentences that start with an –ING verb, such as “Lifting the spoon to my lips, I thought about the day ahead.” Using this structure too often can be distracting—and many writers also use it wrong.
Remember that when you start with an initial –ING verb, the action you describe in the first part of the sentence must be something that can be done at the same time as the action you describe in the rest of the sentence.
For example: “Walking down the hall, I caught sight of a shadow disappearing around the corner.” This works because a person could walk down the hall AND see something ahead of them.
But here’s one that doesn’t work: “Opening the ketchup bottle, I pour some on my burger.” It’s physically impossible to open the bottle AND pour ketchup on the burger at the same time.
The Sentence Starters Analysis will highlight your –ING sentences so you can check to make sure you’re using this structure correctly.
The bottom line? Mixing up your sentence structures is a great strategy. And AutoCrit is here to make sure you do it right.