Sentence Variety

Sentence variety, especially in a longer essay is important because it helps to keep the reader interested enough to read what you have to say, Sentence variety also makes it easier for the writer to transition from one sentence to the next.

Vary the Sentence Beginning
One way sentences can be varied is by varying the sentence beginnings. Think about ways to begin your sentences with something other than the subject of the sentence. This link will take you to some fun exercises to show you how sentences can be varied.

Combine Two or More Sentences Into One Sentence
Another way to vary your sentences, is to combine two sentences into one sentence. Often this is done by combining complete sentences with a conjunction (e.g. and, but, yet, or, nor, for, and so). For an
Sentence Combining Exercises

Sentence Variety - Four Main Types (Depending Upon the Number and Types of Clauses)
1. Simple (one independent clause):
We attended summer school at the Academy of Fine Arts.

2. Compound (more than one independent clause):
We had hoped to stay, but the train was leaving sooner than expected.

3. Complex (one independent and at least one dependent clause):
Although we would have prefered the blue chair, the chair we purchased was much more durable.

4. Compound-Complex (more than one independent, and at least one dependent clause):
After the year ended, we looked forward to going home, but we were sad to say goodby to our new friends.

A clause is a group of related words containing a subject and a verb. Some clauses can stand alone because they are complete sentences (independent clauses), and other cannot stand alone because they are not complete sentences (dependent clauses).

Run-On Sentences
A run-on sentence contains two or more independent clauses (complete sentences) with no connectors between them.

Incomplete Sentences (Sentence Fragment)
Incomplete sentences are groups of words that are broken off from a complete sentence. They lack a subject and a verb.