Stretch Your Sentences

Why stretch your sentences?

Stretching your sentences makes your writing interesting and vivid.”

A good stretch of a sentence can describe characters, settings and events so clearly that your readers can imagine what’s happening. In other words, the sentence comes alive.

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Let’s describe this picture using an ‘unstretched’ sentence.

The man shouted.

The ‘unstretched’ sentence is dull and uninteresting.

 

 

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How do you stretch a sentence?

You can stretch a sentence in 9 ways.”

  1. Add an adjective (a describing word).
  2. Add an adverb (a word which describes a verb, an adjective or another adverb) or an adverbial phrase to show how.
  3. Add a prepositional phrase (preposition + noun or pronoun that follows the preposition) to show where.
  4. Add a prepositional phrase (preposition + noun or pronoun that follows the preposition) to show when.
  5. Add why.
  6. Use alliteration (a number of words with the same first consonant sound which occurs close together in a series).
  7. Use a simile (shows similarities between two different things using ‘like’ or ‘as’) or a metaphor (depicts a person, place, thing, event or an action as something else even though it’s not that something else).
  8. Use personification (to give an idea, a thing or an animal human attributes).
  9. Use hyperbole (to exaggerate ideas to emphasise things).

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Let’s stretch the sentence you’ve read earlier: The man shouted.” https://i0.wp.com/www.dansoschin.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/350px-Angry_man.svg_.png

1. Add an adjective.

The young man shouted.

2. Add an adverb or an adverbial phrase to show how.

The young man shouted angrily.

3. Add a prepositional phrase to show where.

The young man shouted angrily outside the room.

4. Add a prepositional phrase to show when.

The young man shouted angrily outside the room in the afternoon.

5. Add why.

The young man shouted angrily outside the room in the afternoon as his schoolmate had broken his iPad.

6. Use alliteration.

The young yappy Yankee shouted angrily outside the room in the afternoon as his schoolmate had broken his iPad.

7. Use a simile or a metaphor

Simile: The young man was as angry as a bull at a red flag outside the room in the afternoon as his schoolmate had broken his iPad.

Metaphor: The young man was boiling mad outside the room in the afternoon as his schoolmate had broken his iPad.

8. Use personification.

The room swallowed the voice of the young man who was shouting angrily and loudly outside the room in the afternoon as his schoolmate had broken his iPad.

9. Use hyperbole.

The young man shouted angrily and loudly outside the room so much so that the walls shook.

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It’s Your Turn to Stretch a Sentence.”

Look at this picture. Let’s stretch this sentence using the 9 ways: The boy shovelled the earth.

  1. Add an adjective.1
  2. Add an adverb or an adverbial phrase to show how.
  3. Add a prepositional phrase to show where.
  4. Add a prepositional phrase to show when.
  5. Add why.
  6. Use alliteration.
  7. Use a simile or a metaphor.
  8. Use personification.
  9. Use hyperbole.

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