Remember, the S - V relationship is at the "heart" of every sentence. All sentences are built around this core.
To give a sentence more substance, you may enhance the subject or verb:
1. Change the verb in tense or aspect or a combination of the two.
2. Add an adverb or adverb phrase, or prepositional phrase.
He should have eaten already/ by now. He was eating in the kitchen.
3. Add an adverbial clause.
He was eating when the bus arrived.
4. Add a participial phrase.
Having finished his homework, he ate.
5. Change the noun to a pronoun or vice versa.
6. Add an article, demonstrative, or possessive.
The man eats.
Note: Subjects and Objects may be enhanced in similar ways.
7. Add an object.
Enhance both the subject and the verb to make sentences more interesting.
The man who lives on the corner is eating his lunch now.
The men from the health club eat every day after working out.
The tall, green men from Mars are eating tuna sandwiches.
Some of the men ate the apples (that) I left on the table.
Whenever he feels like exercising, the fat man eats a huge meal instead.
Basic Sentence Structures
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