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Tips for adding variety to boring sentences

Ten Sassy


(tips for adding variety to boring sentences)

Why use variety in your 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!

  • * Sentence variety will help develop your writing skills!

Ten sassy sentence types
Ten Sassy Sentence types:

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.

Tips for adding variety to boring sentences

1 two adjective beginnings
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
2. “-ing” at beginning

  • Running like the wind, Forrest Gump made national headline news.

  • Saving the best for last, Lisa finally ate her Reese’s peanut butter cup.

Ing at end
“-ing” at end

  • 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 at beginning
3. “-ly” at beginning

  • Cheerfully, she answered the phone for her mother.

  • Slowly opening the door, the servant tried not to wake his master.

4 informative interrupters
4. Informative Interrupters

  • 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
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
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.

Review coordinating conjunctions
Review: Coordinating Conjunctions


    CCs used after a comma to join one independent clause to another: and, but, or, for, nor, so, and


Subordinating conjunctions
Subordinating Conjunctions

  • Used to add pizazz to your sentence


  • After, although, as, as though, because, before, if, once, since, though, unless, until, when, whether, and while.

7 join ideas with a past participle
7. Join Ideas with a Past Participle

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.

Let s look at some more
Let’s look at some more . . .

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!

Tips for adding variety to boring sentences

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.

Now you write the sentences
Now you write the sentences . . .

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

7 sassy sentences

7 Sassy Sentences

Advanced Info

Use with at the beginning
Use “with” at the beginning

  • Example:

    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.

Semicolon not just a wink
Semicolon Not just a wink ;)

  • Full sentence before it.

  • Full sentence after it.

  • Example:

  • Rudolph the red nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose; if you ever saw it, you would say it glowed.

  • Don’t break the sentence too early.

Infinitive phrase
Infinitive Phrase

  • Start the sentence with the word, “To.”

  • Then add a verb.

  • Example:

  • To steal all the Who’s presents, the Grinch dressed up like Santa Claus and went to all the houses in Whoville.

Choose your favorite holiday movie
Choose your favorite Holiday Movie

  • A Christmas Story with Ralphie

  • The Grinch

  • Elf

  • The Polar Express

  • Santa Clause

  • Jingle All the Way

  • Home Alone

  • Christmas Vacation

Pick a scene from the movie
Pick a scene from the movie

  • Write a sentence starting with an infinitive phrase.

  • Example: To convince his parents to get him a Red Rider BB Gun, Ralphie leaves notes around the house for his parents to find.

The end
The End!

  • Remember to add SASSY SENTENCES

    to all of your papers from now on and


Created by anita mattos and melissa hilton

Created by Anita Mattos and Melissa Hilton


(Resources include Barry Noden’s Image Grammar and The Write Source, 2000.)