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Good writers utilize effective sentence starters to interest their readers. You can do the same.
By using different starters, you use variety, a trait of strong writing.
Here are seven ways to start your sentences.

  • Gerund or gerund phrase

    Learning was crucial for the new student. (gerund)
    Finishing his art project on time brought Andy great relief.
    (gerund phrase)

  • Participle or participial phrase

    Smiling, Mom welcomed her guests into our house. (participle)
    Jumping from the side of the pool, the young boy was enjoying himself.
    (participial phrase)

  • Infinitive or infinitive phrase

    To laugh is good for your health. (infinitive)
    To win the trophy was the boater’s goal. (infinitive phrase)

  • Prepositional phrase

    In the evening, Shirley and her friends play bridge. (prepositional phrase)
    After an hour the cat felt better. (prepositional phrase)

  • Adverb

    Slowly, the children exited the school bus. (adverb)
    Intelligently, these scientists debated the heated topic. (adverb)

  • Adverb clause

    Because the weather will be good for surfing, we plan on hitting the beach
    tomorrow. (adverb clause)
    Although the doctor will not be in this evening, her assistant can see you.
    (adverb clause)

  • Adjective

    Awed, the circus attendees watched the trapeze artist in action. (adjective)
    Bright and curious, the scholarship students performed their experiments.
    (two adjectives)

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  • Commas Part One
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  • complete and simple predicates
  • complete and simple subjects
  • complex sentences
  • compound complex sentences
  • compound prepositions and the preposition adverb question
  • compound subject and compound predicate
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  • indefinite pronouns
  • Indefinite pronouns and the possessive case
  • introducing clauses
  • introducing phrases
  • Irregular Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs
  • irregular verbs part one
  • irregular verbs part two
  • Italics Hyphens and Brackets
  • Misplaced and dangling modifiers
  • More Apostrophe Situations
  • More subject verb agreement situations
  • Parentheses Ellipsis Marks and Dashes
  • Periods Question Marks and Exclamation Marks
  • personal pronouns
  • pronouns and their antecedents
  • Quotation Marks Part Three
  • Quotation Marks Part One
  • Quotation Marks Part Two
  • reflexive demonstrative and interrogative pronouns
  • Regular Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs
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  • Second Capitalization List
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  • singular and plural nouns and pronouns
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  • subject and verb agreement
  • subject complements predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives
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  • the adjective
  • the adjective clause
  • the adjective phrase
  • the adverb
  • the adverb clause
  • the adverb phrase
  • The Apostrophe
  • the appositive
  • The Colon
  • The coordinating conjunction
  • the correlative conjunction
  • the direct object
  • the gerund and gerund phrase
  • the indirect object
  • the infinitive and infinitive phrase
  • The nominative case
  • the noun
  • the noun adjective pronoun question
  • the noun clause
  • the object of the preposition
  • the participle and participial phrase
  • The possessive case
  • The possessive case 2
  • The possessive case and pronouns
  • the preposition
  • the prepositional phrase
  • the pronoun
  • The Semicolon
  • the subordinating conjunction
  • the verb
  • The verb be
  • the verb phrase
  • Transitive and intransitive verbs
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  • types of sentences by purpose
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  • Fitness Stretching

    One Arm Shoulder Flexor Stretch

    Shoulder, Back, and Chest Stretches:

    Stand (or sit on a backless chair) upright with the left arm behind the back and the elbow bent at about 90 degrees. Place feet shoulder-width apart with the toes pointing forward. Grasp the left elbow with the right hand. Pull the left arm across the back and up toward the right shoulder.

    Affected Body Part:
    Most-stretched muscles: Left pectoralis major, left anterior deltoid, and middle deltoid.
    Lesser-stretched muscles: Left levator scapulae, left pectoralis minor, left supraspinatus, left serratus anterior, left coracobrachialis.

    If you cannot reach the elbow, then grasp the wrist. When pulling on the wrist, it is easy to pull the arm across the back, but remember that the best effect comes only from pulling upward as well as across. Also, keep the elbow locked at a near-90-degree angle. Changing the alignment of the back will also influence the magnitude of the stretch. If you cannot keep the back straight, arching the back is preferable to bending at the waist. Just be careful; it is easy to lose balance when doing this stretch while both arching the back and standing up.

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