Sentence Variety

There are a number of ways one can create more creative, more engaging sentences. Six easy patters to begin with are:

  1. Two-adjective beginnings
    • Tall, handsome lifeguards flirt wildly with the pretty girls.
    • Rickety and dilapidated, the old schoolhouse didn’t stand a chance in an earthquake.
  2. “-ing” at beginning or end
    • Running like the wind, Forrest Gump made national headline news.
    • Saving the best for last, Lisa finally ate her Reese’s peanut butter cup.
    • He trudged along the hot desert for days, wishing he had brought more water.
    • Sandy gave the homeless man all the money she had, hoping that her small act of kindness might bring him some comfort.
  3. “-ly” beginnings
    • Cheerfully, she answered the phone for her mother.
    • Slowly opening the door, the servant tried not to wake his master.
  4. Informative interrupters (appositives)
    • The fish, a slimy mass of flesh, felt the alligator’s giant teeth sink into him as he struggled to swim away.
    • The child, face covered with chocolate doughnut, asked his mother if he could have some milk.
  5. Balanced sentences
    • He runs onto the baseball field, spins around second base, and looks back at the academy.
    • Choosing a Christmas tree, putting up Christmas lights, and baking Christmas cookies are all included in my December traditions.
  6. Dependent clauses
    • Because it rained, the garden party was postponed.
    • Since the road construction is complete, Jim can make it home in only ten minutes.

This information is from a PowerPoint Presentation from the Greenville County Schools Curriculum Portal. This is provided merely for notes for students. An additional aid is available here.

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