Six Ways to Start a Sentence
Do you get stressed when you have to write? You don't know where to start? Your sentences always sound the same? Writing is terrifying?
Here are six ways to start a sentence.
One: The subject
One of the best ways to start a sentence is to put the subject first and the verb second. The subject of a sentence is the person, place, thing, or idea. It has to be followed by a verb, a word that tells you what the subject is doing. "I cooked spaghetti." "The dog ran home." "John read a book."
Number two: Explaining where or when something happens
You can start a sentence with words that tell you where something is happening. "On the beach, there was a shipwreck." Or it could be "Beside the beach..." "By the beach..." "Near the beach..."
You can also start a sentence with words that tell you when something is happening. "After school, we played computer games." Or it could be "Before school..." Don't forget to use a comma.
Number three: Asking a question
Have you ever thought of starting a sentence with a question? A question makes the reader think. "Which songs do you like best?" "Who is the richest person in the world?"
Make sure you answer your question in the next sentence. "Have you brushed your teeth today?" "Forgetting to brush your teeth leads to bad breath and tooth decay."
Four: An "-ing" phrase
四：以 -ing 結尾的詞
You can start a sentence with an action ending in "-ing." "Looking at the clock, she realized she was going to be late." "Sitting on the beach, I watched the sun set over the ocean." "Running home quickly, she got soaked in the pouring rain."
你可以用一個 -ing 結尾的動作當句子的開頭。「看著時鐘，她知道自己要遲到了。」「坐在沙灘上，我看著夕陽落入海中。」「快速地跑回家，她在大雨中全身濕透。」
Or you can use a doing word ending with "-ed." "Frightened by the loud fireworks, the dog hid under the table." "Excited about her birthday, she woke up very early."
或者你可以用一個以 -ed 結尾的動詞。「被煙火的巨大聲響嚇一跳，小狗躲到桌子底下。」「對生日感到非常興奮，她很早就醒來了。」
If you do start with "-ing" or "-ed" words, don't forget to use a comma before you complete the sentence.
如果你用結尾是 -ing 或 -ed 的詞當開頭，別忘了在整句寫完前加進一個逗號。
Six: "-ly" words
六：以 -ly 結尾的詞
Finally, the last way to start a sentence is using an "-ly" word. "Carefully, she tiptoed past the sleeping monster." "Hungrily, the dog chewed the bone." These "-ly" words also need a comma before you write the rest of the sentence.
最後，開啟句子的最後一招就是用一個字尾是 -ly 的詞。「小心翼翼地，她踮腳走過沉睡的怪物。」「飢腸轆轆，小狗啃了那骨頭。」在你寫完句子剩下的部分前，這些 -ly 結尾的詞也需要加上一個逗號。
Well, now you know six different ways to start a sentence. Before you start writing, add them to your plan to remind you to use them, and you'll find that writing isn't so scary after all.