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If you have X and then an em-dash and then Y, and then another paragraph that starts with "And", then does the "And" attach to X or to Y? See the "And" below and note that there are two sentences (joined by an em-dash) in the previous paragraph:

Our hawks aren’t just going to get a lot of Ukrainians killed—our hawks are also going to “drive millions of people to death by starvation” and “hurtle the burning planet even more rapidly to the sixth mass extinction”.

And we all have to choose whether to let the hawks carry forward this insane policy—will we choose passivity or survival?

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Hi, Andrew,

The "and" at the beginning of the second paragraph is at a syntactically higher level than the conjunction "and" joining the two verb phrases within the predicate of the previous sentence.

That initial "and" is equivalent to the conjuncts additionally, furthermore, moreover, besides and is actually joining two paragraphs.

Last edited by Gustavo, Co-Moderator

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