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USAGE: Initial "and" (was Re: The Babel Text)

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Sunday, February 15, 2004, 1:07
Speaking of the Babel text - the English begins with the word "and",
which seems particularly common in Biblical translations and, in
general, verse:

        And all the land was one language and few words.

What exactly does the "and" signify here?  I'm a native English speaker,
but I still don't really know.  It's obviously not joining anything
together, really.  Logically, it seems to be doing nothing at all, and
yet there's a subtle at least connoative difference between the anded
and andless versions.




H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>