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Verbs and sentences

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  • 1. Sentence Variety and Weak Verbs<br />Style sentences that provide a degree of complexity and charm to keep your reader engaged.<br />
  • 2. "To Be" Verbs<br />Be (used with modals, after "to")<br /> (imperative form)<br />Is, Are, Am (present tense)<br />'s 're 'm(in contractions)<br />Was (past tense)<br />Were (past tense)<br />Been (past participle)<br />Being (-ing form, gerund) <br />
  • 3. felt, looked, seemed…<br />Weak verbs that indicate a state of being. <br />He felt weak.<br />His body collapsed into a puddle of wet tears and wrinkled cotton shirts.<br />
  • 4. Trying, starting, beginning<br />Just do it. Nike.<br />I’ll try to explain it.<br />Here goes. The dog died.<br />He began to swim.<br />He leapt into the pool and swam across its breadth.<br />She started to sing.<br />Holding her breath too long until the tension forced a reedy gasp from her throat, she killed the lyrics and stumbled off the stage. <br />
  • 5. SIMPLE SENTENCE<br />A simple sentence, also called an independent clause, contains a subject and a verb, and it expresses a complete thought.<br />Example: The boy slept through the storm.<br />
  • 6. COMPOUND SENTENCE<br />A compound sentence contains two independent clauses joined by a coordinator or semi-colon. The coordinators are as follows: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so.  Except for very short sentences, a comma always precedes coordinators.<br />Example: The boy slept through the storm, and he never stirred once.<br />
  • 7. COMPLEX SENTENCE<br />A complex sentence has an independent clause joined by one or more dependent clauses. A complex sentence always has a subordinator such as because, since, after, although, or when or a relative pronoun such as that, who, or which.<br />Example: While it stormed outside, the boy slept.<br />
  • 8. COMPOUND/COMPLEX SENTENCES<br />A compound-complex sentence contains at least two independent clauses and at least one dependent clause.<br />Example: While it stormed outside, the house shook and the windows rattled.<br />

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