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Sentence Openers

Sentence Openers

Author: Ms. K

    Introduce different types of sentence openers and give examples for how varying sentence openers can improve writing.  


    Compare standard order of sentences with inversion/fronting of prepositional phrases and other dependent clauses (e.g. In the woods, he built a cabin. vs. He build a cabin in the woods.)


This packet should help a learner seeking to understand English writing style and who is confused about how to vary sentence openers. It will explain how to connect clauses with subordinators. 

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One easy way to make more variety in your writing is to swap the order of the items in your sentence.


  • Definition
    • You move what would be at the end of your sentence to the beginning when you use fronting.
    • When you use fronting, you move what would be at the end of your sentence to the beginning.
  • Comma at the Front, No Comma at the Back
    • If you are using fronting, make sure that you pay attention to where the comma is or isn't placed.
    • Make sure that you pay attention to where the comma is or isn't placed if you are using fronting.
  • Moving Prepositional Phrases
    • At the moment you compose a sentence, think if it contains a prepositional phrase.
    • Think if it contains a prepositional phrase at the moment you compose a sentence.
      • Some common prepositional phrase markers are: about, above, across, after, against, along, among, around, at, before, behind, below, beneath, beside, between, beyond, but, by, despite, down, during, except, for, from, in, inside, into, like, near, of, off, on, onto, out, outside, over, past, since, through, throughout, to, toward,under, until, up, upon, with, within, and without.
  • Moving Dependent Clauses
    • Before you begin, consider writing a sentence with a dependent clause.
    • Consider writing a sentence with a dependent clause before you begin.
      • Some common dependent markers are: after, although, as, as if, because, before, even if, even though, if, in order to, since, though, unless, until, whatever, when, whenever, whether, and while.



  • Definition
    • Inverting a sentence is when you swap the subject and object around.
    • Swapping the subject and object around is considered inverting a sentence.
  • No Special Instructions
    • Writing an inverted sentence is easy.
    • It's easy to write an interverted sentence.

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