Expanding Sentences


When we write, it is important to keep our readers engaged by giving them something interesting to read. One way to keep them engaged is by adding lots of detail to our sentences.

Sample Problem

Sample sentence:

The girl ran.

As you know, each sentence requires a subject and a predicate. In this sentence, the subject is girl and the predicate is ran.

On its own, the sentence is quite boring. To make it more interesting, add more adjectives and/or adverbs by answering some of the following:



Original sentence:

The girl ran.

Expanded sentence:

Yesterday, the young girl, Denise, ran quickly around the playground with her puppy.

The new sentence answers:

Who – the young girl, Denise
What – ran
Where – around the playground
When – yesterday
How – quickly

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