Writing Interesting Sentences
English I Sentence Patterns
Click the links for examples and explanations! You may have to scroll down the page a bit to find examples for the patterns.
Many of these patterns were adopted from The Art of Styling Sentences, by Ann Longknife et al.
|Fun With Simple Sentences
- Modifier(s) SV
- The hungry and vicious gargoyle lurked.
- SV modifier(s)
- The gargoyle lurked grimly and patiently.
- S — modifying phrase — V.
- The gargoyle — eager to eat the unwary marmosets who traveled near his lair — lurked grimly and patiently.
- S prepositional phrase(s) V.
- The gargoyle beneath the ancient bridge of the old castle lurked.
- Compound sentence with semicolon:
- The goat crossed the bridge; the troll beneath it licked his lips eagerly.
- Compound sentence with conjunctive adverb:
SV; conjunctive adverb, SV.
- Weasels love to dance with vigor and enthusiasm; however, they are not particularly graceful.
- Compound sentence with conjunction:
SV; SV, conjunction SV.
- My brother claimed he could spit a distance of twenty feet, and he proved it to me.
- Compound sentence with colon:
General idea: specific example.
- Some freshmen do not always understand this simple idea: following directions raises your grade.
|Complex Sentences* Dependent clause, SV.
- Adverb clause SV, SV.
- When SV, when SV, when SV, SV.
- If SV, if SV, if SV, then SV.
- Because SV, because SV, because SV, SV.
|Varying the Beginnings
|Varying the Middles
|Combine the Patterns! Compound-Complex Sentences
- Dependent clause, SV; conjunctive adverb, SV.
Example: After the final examination was over, Jared, Sarah, and I went to the lawn to sprawl in the sun; however, our joy could not last long.
Before we could sprawl in the sun, Jared looked at his planner; consequently, we understood that we