Vary Your Sentences!
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by Eric Bryan
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In an effort to help you vary your sentences even more, you will need to know what different types of sentences there are.
Your job: Look carefully over the various types of sentences below.

--- Simple Sentence: A simple sentence contains one independent clause (single subject & verb).
Example: The cell phone rang right before class.

--- Compound Sentence: Contains two complete sentences (independent clauses) joined by a coordinating conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so).
Example: The cell phone rang right before class, so the student quickly turned off her phone's ringer.

--- Complex Sentence: Contains an independent clause joined by one or more dependent clauses. 
Example: To avoid an interruption during class, the student turned off her phone's ringer.

--- Compound-Complex Sentence: Contains a combination of a compound sentence and a complex sentence.
Example: In order to keep her attention focused on class activities, the student turned off her phone's ringer, and she put her ear buds in her backpack.
Directions: Each sentence in this paragraph is written using the complete subject/complete predicate pattern. Rewrite this accurate, yet stylishly inept paragraph. Change the patterns of many of the sentences to give it style and variety. You should incorporate...
one (1) Compound (Cpd) Sentence,
one (1) Complex (Cpx) Sentence,
and one (1) Compound-Complex (C-C) Sentence in your paragraph.

Arthur set spurs to his horse and came to the churchyard. He tied his horse and ran to the tent which had been set over

the stone. All ten of the guardian knights had gone to the tournament. Arthur pulled out the sword at a touch without

stopping to read what was written on the stone. He ran back to his horse and caught up with Sir Kay. He handed Kay the

sword. Kay knew at once what the sword was because he had tried without success to pull it from the anvil. Arthur knew

nothing of what the sword was. Kay rode instantly to his father Sir Ector. “Sir, look. Here is the sword out of the stone. I

must be the true born King of all England.” Sir Ector knew better than to believe Sir Kay. Instead, he rode back with him to

the church, and made him there swear a solemn oath with his hands on the Bible to say truly how he came by the sword.
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