Still quite a lot. [sentence?]

skydown13

Senior Member
Mandarin
There are 500 numbers in the list. Still quite a lot.
There are 500 numbers in the list, still quite a lot.

Are both sentence acceptable? Can I start a sentence with Still?
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    "Still quite a lot" isn't a sentence, skydown. It's a fragment of a sentence.

    If you want to write a complete sentence with the language in your examples, here's one way to do it: There are 500 numbers in the list, which is still quite a lot.
     

    owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    There are 500 numbers in the list, still quite a lot.
    I wouldn't write that sentence, skydown. I'd use "which" if I wanted to write a similar sentence: There are 500 numbers, which is still (quite) a lot.

    Fiction writers sometimes use sentence fragments in their writing, but the use of fragments is limited in good nonfiction writing. "Still quite a lot" is a fragment even if you use it after a comma.
     
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