“In the co main event”

Note: This was a stylistic imitation for my Grammar For Teachers class awhile back. The is some truth to me getting in the ring with my friend Jeff. 

Holding my Flash jacket, Brian made his way to the red corner as Jeff and I touched gloves in the center of the ring – the crowd cheering as the bell’s echo filled the air. Jeff did not know boxing very well, but he quickly threw the first punch. I anxiously threw wild punches like George Foreman had done in the 70’s . Brian who had brought us to the boxing club was in Jeff’s corner. He had promised us he would get us drinks that we could enjoy after the fight. Jeff and I strategically traded punches as if we were seriously trying to win. Our performance could have been a fight equivalent to a match featured on cable television. Although the punches hurt, what mattered is we were having fun. When the fight was over, the referee gave Jeff the decision and we hugged. The crowd continued to cheer as we left the ring.

  1. Holding my Flash jacket, Brian made his way to the red corner as Jeff and I touched gloves in the center of the ring – the crowd cheering as the bell’s echo filled the air. (absolute phrase).

  2. Jeff did not know boxing very well, but he quickly threw the first punch. (compound sentence)

  3. I anxiously threw wild punches similar to how George Foreman when he fought in the 70’s. (adjective clause introduced by an adverb)

  4. Brian who had brought us to the boxing club stood in Jeff’s corner, cheering us on. (relative clause introduced by who)

  5. He had promised us he would get us drinks that we could enjoy after the fight. (adjective clause introduced by that)

  6. Jeff and I strategically traded punches as if we were seriously trying to win. (adverb clause modifying an adverb)

  7. Our performance could have been a fight equivalent to a match featured on cable television. (noun clause acting as a subject)

  8. Although the punches hurt, what really mattered is we were having fun. (noun clause acting as a predicate nominative)

  9. When the fight was over, the referee gave Jeff the decision and we hugged. (compound complex sentence)

  10. The crowd continued to cheer as we left the ring. (compound sentence)

Model of Memoir

******Carrying my infant on her back, Yasuko

pointed to the castle in the distance—cherry blossoms bursting in all their

splendor. Yasuko knew poetry well, but she composed with great difficulty .

We eagerly approached the garden where samurai had been trained. The

woman who had just climbed the steps would probably be the eldest poet. Yasuko

had brought us all the food that we could eat.  Sasaki walked quickly

through the crowd as if she were truly honored.  What Sasaki knew about

poetry could fill the Emperor’s archives.  When the poet read aloud, the

crowd listened silently, and the tiny infant smiled.

Carrying

my infant on her back, Yasuko pointed to the castle in the distance—cherry

blossoms bursting in all their splendor.  (absolute phrase)

Yasuko knew poetry well, but she

composed with great difficulty .   (compound sentence)

We eagerly approached the garden

where samurai had been trained. (adjective clause introduced by an adverb)

The woman who had just climbed the

steps would probably be the eldest poet. (relative clause introduced by

who)

Yasuko had brought us all the food

that we could eat.  (adj clause introduced by that)

Sasaki walked quickly through the

crowd as if she were truly honored.  (adverb clause modifying an

adverb)

What Sasaki knew about poetry could

fill the Emperor’s archives.  (noun clause acting as a subject)

What really matters is

what we feel. (noun clause

acting as a predicate nominative)

When the poet read aloud, the crowd

listened silently, and the tiny infant smiled.  (compound/complex

sentence)

 Free choice sentence—whatever you want, but label what

it is.

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About Al Stover

I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. I currently work as a Staff Reporter for the Cheney Free Press. I have interviewed characters like cage fighters, drag queens and dungeon masters. I like Batman, coffee, MMA and beer.
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