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    Smile tired of simple sentence pattern

    Dear teachers,

    I have been writing simple sentence patterns in my essays many times.
    For example:
    Subject + verb + object.
    Subject + linking verb + complement.

    All my sentences start with subject. I am very fed up with them already.
    Therefore I try something new such as starting my sentence with
    1. participle
    2. to-infinitive
    3. gerund

    for example:
    Shaken, he walked away from the wrecked car.
    To improve your writing, you must consider your purpose and audience.
    Smiling, she hugged the panting dog.
    Playing cards being his aversion, we play chess.

    And they really make my essays come alive. Today I found a new pattern in my dictionary. The pattern is as below :

    Fearful of what she might say, he hesitated before ringing her.

    My question is whether I can start a sentence with a simple adjective, just like the above, even if it is not a participle phrase.

    I am much obliged to you for your guidance.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by kl004535; 08-Mar-2010 at 12:08.

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    sarat_106 is offline Key Member
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    Exclamation Re: tired of simple sentence pattern

    Quote Originally Posted by kl004535 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have been writing simple sentence patterns in my essays many times.
    For example:
    Subject + verb + object.
    Subject + linking verb + complement.

    All my sentences start with subject. I am very fed up with them already.
    Therefore I try something new such as starting my sentence with
    1. participle
    2. to-infinitive
    3. gerund

    for example:
    Shaken, he walked away from the wrecked car.
    To improve your writing, you must consider your purpose and audience.
    Smiling, she hugged the panting dog.
    Playing cards being his aversion, we play chess.

    And they really make my essays come alive. Today I found a new pattern in my dictionary. The pattern is as below :

    Fearful of what she might say, he hesitated before ringing her.

    My question is whether I can start a sentence with a simple adjective, just like the above, even if it is not a participle phrase.

    I am much obliged to you for your guidance.

    Thanks.
    You can do so if the adjective modifies the subject; as:
    The large vehicle carrying heavy load stopped outside our house
    which is not the case with your sentence and therefore, needs correction
    However, you can change the style of writing by using different forms of the subject, which can be a noun phrase (as above), a gerund or gerund phrase, a participle/phrase, an infinitive to behave as an embedded clause (To read is easier than to write.) or a full clause acting as subject of a sentence,
    In your sentence, the subject is a full clause needs to be corrected as:
    Being fearful of what she might say,

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