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Brush Strokes (A) - Painting Sentences with Words

the mostly painless way to build complexity
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Adriana Baxter

on 23 September 2014

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Transcript of Brush Strokes (A) - Painting Sentences with Words

Brush Strokes
Painting Sentences
with Words to Build
Complexity
Absolute Phrase
noun + -ing verb
Tail swishing, the cat walked off.
She screamed, heart pounding, and ran away.
He collapsed, his head thumping the pillow.
Absolute Phrase
noun + -ing verb
Appositive Phrase
Noun, specific noun, verb.
Appositive Phrase
Noun, specific noun, verb.
The car, a 2012 Mustang, ran a red light.
My cat, an annoying fuzz ball, ate my lunch,
a yummy chicken sandwich, before I
could get to it.
Participle Phrase
-ing verb
Participle Phrase
-ing verb
Sliding on the kitchen floor, the cat
bonked its head on the fridge, meowing
in embarrassment.
Adjectives Out of Order
three adjectives placed
before and after the noun
Adjectives Out of Order
three adjectives placed
before and after the noun
The old car, dented and rusty, finally fell apart.
The young man, tired and cold, climbed into bed.
Action Verbs
replace simple "to be" verbs
Action Verbs
replace simple "to be" verbs
is, was, were, am, are, etc.
Action Verbs
strong verbs
The cat was under the car.
The cat slept under the car.

The aliens were over the city.
The aliens zapped lasers over the city.
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