Ten Sassy . Sentences. (tips for adding variety to boring sentences). Why use variety in your sentences?. Sentence variety is necessary for a number of reasons:. * Sentence variety makes your writing more interesting to read!. * Sentence variety adds style to your writing!.
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(tips for adding variety to boring sentences)
* Sentence variety makes your writing more interesting to read!
1. Two-adjective beginnings
2. “-ing” at beginning or end
3. “-ly” beginnings
4. Informative interrupters (Appositives)
5. Balanced sentences/Parallel structure
6. Dependent clauses (start w/sub.conj.)
7. Past Participle beginnings.
CCs used after a comma to join one independent clause to another: and, but, or, for, nor, so, and
Some sentences can be joined with a past participle.
1 – Judith is alarmed by the increase in meat prices.
2 – Judith has become a vegetarian.
3 – Alarmed by the increase in meat prices, Judith has become a vegetarian.
The sentence has been made into a past participial modifier by dropping the helping verb is and the subject Judith. The past participial alarmed now introduces the new sentence.
A comma sets off the past participial modifier from the word it modifies, Judith. In order to avoid confusion, the word referred to must directly follow the modifier.
1 – The term paper was revised and rewritten.
2 – It received an A.
3 – Revised and rewritten, the term paper received an A.
1 – Duffy was surprised by the interruption.
2 – He lost his train of thought.
3 – Surprised by the interruption, Duffy lost his train of thought.
Now YOU try!
1 – My mother was married at the age of sixteen.
2 – My mother never finished high school.
1 – The citizens have started cleanup and consciousness-raising campaigns.
2 – They are concerned about conditions in the ghetto.
1 – The game will take place on Sunday.
2 – It was rained out twice.
1 – The manuscript is very hard to read.
2 – It is written in longhand.
1 – The tree is withered and yellow.
2 - It needs a thorough watering.
Write five sentences of your own that begin with past participial modifiers. If you wish, use the words in this past participial list:
7 Sassy Sentences
With the upcoming Christmas festivities, our family was super busy making cookies and trimming the tree.
With a corncob pipe and a button nose, Frosty the Snowman was a jolly, happy soul.
to all of your papers from now on and
Created by Anita Mattos and Melissa Hilton
(Resources include Barry Noden’s Image Grammar and The Write Source, 2000.)