Using a variety of sentence structures is a simple way to add maturity and clarity of thought to your writing. Parts of speech -- nouns, pronouns, adverbs, adjectives and verbs -- can be rearranged for more effective or interesting delivery of ideas and emotions.

Step 1

Swap an opening adverb clause with a normal structured sentence opening. For example, “The deer bolted across the meadow and flushed a flock of grouse.” Change this sentence with an opening clause to read, “As the deer bolted across the meadow, it flushed a flock of grouse.”

Step 2

Use a noun clause opener to switch up your sentence structure. Instead of stating “We are impressed by your work,” construct your sentence as follows: “What impresses us most is the quality of your work.”

Step 3

Use descriptive adverbs and adjectives to open your sentences and bring them to life. Before: “The horses suddenly spooked and ran away.” After: “Suddenly, the horses spooked and ran away.” And for an adjective opener, before: “Horses are fast and graceful.” After: “Fast and graceful, horses depict freedom and beauty.”

Step 4

Use participle phrases to rearrange your sentence structure. Before: “I went to the driving range after I completed the task.” After: “Having completed the task, I went to the driving range.”

Step 5

Use prepositional phrases to start a sentence rather than to end it. Before: “The boy walked home after visiting his grandmother.” After: “After visiting his grandmother, the boy walked home.”

Step 6

Open your sentence with an infinitive phrase. “To laugh is the best medicine of all.”

Step 7

Identify the gerund phrase in a sentence and change its position. Before: “Learning to ride horses improved her balance and coordination.” After: “ Her balance and coordination was improved by learning to ride horses.”

Step 8

Break up your sentences or combine them to vary their length and cadence. Do so by joining short sentences with close relation to one another. For instance: “I laughed. You cried.” After: “I laughed and you cried.” Before: “We ran and played while the sun set on the the lake and the loons called mournfully.” After: “We ran and played while the sun set on the lake. The loons called mournfully.”