Or, in other words, usage of 'and', 'out of' and 'off' as a choice of style rather than a rule of grammar. And: These days it seems generally accepted to use 'and' at the beginning of a sentence, and I'm not crusading against other authors' usage here, that's a different debate and one long in the tooth. However, I do feel for my own writing that it's not generally necessary. Most often it can be either omitted or replaced with a comma and lower case 'a', and the reading of the prose still remain comfortable, if not even improved by either change. The only place I can think of where I'd use it in my narrative (as against for a character's dialogue where they use it in their speech) is at the beginning of a paragraph which adds information to a previous paragraph that is otherwise complete in what it says. Of: As in 'out of' and 'off of'. I find that the usage of 'out' without the 'of' very odd - 'out the window' feels peculiar to say. I prefer 'out of the window', it just trips of my tongue better. Similarly I find 'off of' to be clunky and awkward, and much prefer just 'off' - 'he jumped off of the building' vs 'he jumped off the building'. Are there any other such constructs in grammar where writers choose to 'swim against the tide'?