Good writers begin their sentences in a variety of ways to avoid monotony. Too many simple or compound sentences beginning with the subject followed by the verb lead to a choppy style of writing. Think creatively and rearrange the order of the words in a sentence or think of a more interesting way of expressing yourself. For help with this, use known patterns of sentence structure to begin sentences in different ways.
How to Begin Sentences Creatively
The most common sentence pattern is to write the subject first, followed by the verb:
Weeds are important too because birds eat the seeds.
Reverse the sentence to begin with the dependent adverbial clause:
Because birds eat the seeds, weeds are important too.
Begin a sentence with an infinitive phrase used as an adjective:
To get a head start, he arrived 20 minutes early.
Use an infinitive phrase as a subject:
To get a head start was his goal.
Begin a sentence with a prepositional phrase and end it with the subject:
From out of nowhere came a loud shriek.
Begin a sentence with an adjective:
Sad about being alone in the house, the puppy lay down and waited by the front door.
Begin with an adverb:
Regretfully, I will not be able to attend the wedding.
Begin with an "ing" participial phrase:
Muttering to himself, the old man shuffled throughout the house.
Begin with an "ed" participial phrase:
Angered by the long wait, I slammed the phone down on the receiver.
Start with a transitional word:
Finally, we found the lost keys.
Begin a sentence with an appositive:
An obedient child, Samantha turned off the light and went to sleep.
Things You Will Need
- Grammar handbook
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