Sentence Variety and Modifier Placement [Logo]
Villanova University This quiz was prepared by Kristin Zook, a student in Professor Karyn Hollis's Tutor Training course at Villanova University.

Directions: In this exercise, you are asked to provide modifiers in a variety of sentence positions. The sentence "base" is provided for you, but you have to write your own sentence and insert modifying phrases or clauses in certain positions relative to the text provided. For help with this assignment, review the section on Sentence Variety.

When you are finished with each sentence (or, if you wish, wait until you've done them all), click on "Grammar's Version," which will reveal how we might refurbish the sentence with modifiers. Don't cheat by looking at Grammar's Version first.

1.  Add an initial modifier to "The storm roared across the countryside."


2.  Add an initial modifier to "Paige listened to music."


3.  Add a mid-sentence modifier to "The horse rolled in the mud."


4.  Add a mid-sentence modifier to "Taylor ate the cookie."


5.  Add a terminal modifier to "Leaves are falling."


6.  Add a terminal modifier to "The computer broke."


7.  Add a terminal modifier to "She called her friend."


8.  Add both initial and terminal modifiers to "The children laughed."


9.  Add both mid and terminal modifiers to "The cat chased the mouse."


10.  Add all three types of modifiers — initial, mid and terminal — to
"The wedding was approaching."


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