are lucky in the Lower Mainland because we can hop on the Skytrain and
get to where we want to go easily, especially during the
Olympics. Yesterday, I wanted to go to False Creek in Vancouver,
so I took the Skytrain. It took only 25 minutes to get to my
destination, and I didn’t have to worry about polluting the air or
parking. I just got off at Science World Station and walked
across the street to the Olympic pavilions. Even though there was a
long line up at the Russian pavilion, it was still wonderful to be able
to stroll along the path and look at all the people and the
sites. On Saturday, I took the Skytrain to the Burrard Street
Station. It took only 30 minutes, and I was right in the heart of
the Olympic festivities. I passed many smiling faces as I walked down
Robson Street, and I looked at a lot of original art on Granville
Street. I feel very fortunate to live in a city with so much to
see especially during the Olympics and with fast and clean transit like
the Skytrain to get me there.
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Here are some questions about the structure and style of this paragraph.
Is the title a sentence?
No, the title is not a sentence. A title should not be a sentence.
What is the topic sentence?
The topic sentence is the first sentence: We are lucky in the Lower Mainland because we can hop on the Skytrain and get to where we want to go easily especially during the Olympics.
How many supporting detail sentences are there?
There are seven supporting detail sentences that tell about the benefits of the Skytrain during the Olympics.
What tense are the supporting detail sentences written in?
They are written in the past tense because they tell about yesterday and last Saturday.
What is the closing sentence?
The closing sentence is the last sentence: I feel very fortunate to live in a city with so much to see especially during the Olympics and with fast and clean transit like the Skytrain to get me there.
Are there any compound sentences?
Yes, there are four compound sentences. The second, third, seventh and eighth are compound sentences because they use joining words like so, & and to connect two sentences.
Are there any complex sentences?
Yes, the first sentence is a complex sentences, for it uses because.
Here are some more examples of complex sentences:
Because I don’t have a car, I take the Skytrain.
I take the Skytrain, because I don’t have a car.
Because I don’t want to pollute the environment, I take transit.
I take transit because I don’t want to pollute the environment.
After I buy my ticket, I walk to the train platform.
I walk to the train platform after I buy my ticket.
When there is a lot of traffic, it is much faster to take transit.
It is much faster to take transit when there is a lot of traffic.
When I have to get somewhere quickly, I hop on the Skytrain.
I hop on the Skytrain when I have to get somewhere quickly.
Since I can save money on gas and parking, it is cheaper to take the Skytrain.
It is cheaper to take the Skytrain, since I can save money on gas and parking.
If I am going downtown, I take the Skytrain.
I take the Skytrain if I am going downtown.
Here are some examples of the different verb tenses for the verb take.
Simple Present tense
I take the Skytrain every morning.
He always takes the bus.
We often take the Skytrain
Present Continuous tense
I am taking the Skytrain to Granville Station now.
She is taking the Skytrain to Broadway now.
They are taking the bus to Simon Fraser University now.
I have taken the Skytrain every Saturday for the last few years.
He has taken the bus to work every weekday for the last month.
They have taken the Skytrain to the airport many times.
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been taking the bus to work for many years.
She has been taking the Skytrain to Metrotown for the past few weeks.
You have been taking the Skytrain to school for two months.
Simple Past tense
I took the Skytrain yesterday.
He took the Skytrain to Metrotown last night.
We took the Skytrain to GM Place Stadium last Friday.
I was taking the bus when my friend called me.
She was taking the Skytrain when the snowstorm started.
We were taking the bus when the accident happened.
I had taken the bus to work for many years before I moved.
She had taken the bus to work for five years before she started to walk.
They had taken the bus to school for a few months.
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been taking the bus before I bought my car.
Sally had been taking the Skytrain to work before she started to ride her bike.
We had been taking the bus to school before we started to walk.
I will take the Skytrain to Surrey tonight.
My friend will take the Skytrain to the airport on Friday.
They will take the Skytrain to New Westminster tomorrow.
I will have taken the bus to the station by 10 pm.
The man will have taken the bus to the hospital by 11:00 am.
You will have taken the Skytrain to Granville Station by 4:00 p.m.
I will have been taking the Skytrain for ten minutes by 5:30 am.
She will have been taking the bus for 30 minutes by 9:00 am.
You will have been taking the Skytrain for half an hour by noon.
(February 21, 2010)
(Includes all 2002 to date Weekly Features with descriptions)