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Institute on Excellence in Writing (I.E.W.) Dress-ups & Openers

List of (most) openers and dress ups
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-ly opener
Opener #3 (i.e. Suddenly, she jumped...) Word ends in -ly Watch out for fake ly words! (example: early)
adverbial clause opener
Opener #5 (i.e. If he ran...) (Hint to remember words: www.asia.wub. This stand for
w-hen
w-hile
w-here
a-s
s-ince
i-f
a-lthough
w-hereas
u-nless
b-ecause)
prepositional phrase opener
#2 (i.e. After the storm...)
subject opener
Normal sentence(i.e. Sally ran.)
-ing/-ed opener
1st word ends in either ing or ed (i.e. Walking noiselessly,)
Very short sentence
Also known as a "VSS" 5 words or less
(i.e. Katie sat quietly.)
dual -ly words
2 ly words in a row (i.e. happily and excitedly...)
who/which clause
Has a who/which clause in the middle of the sentence
(i.e. Hailey, who slept, was not tired.)
invisible who/which
take out the who or the which in a who/which clause
dual verbs
2 verbs (i.e. Bob ran and danced)
quality adjective
Not boring adjective (i.e. shimmery, hot pink earrings)
strong verb
not a boring verb (i.e. strolled instead of walked)