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!
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:
Thrilled Angered Seen Honored
Shocked Dressed Hidden Bent
Awakened Lost Stuffed Found
Examined Annoyed Pinched Rewired
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
(Resources include Barry Noden’s Image Grammar and The Write Source, 2000.)