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Sentence Openers
The cat stayed indoors all day.

Sentence Openers

This KS2 English quiz will challenge you on sentence openers. Using different words to start a sentence enhances your writing. Imagine if every sentence you read began in the same way: 'The day was rainy. The cat stayed indoors all day. The children were bored. The telephone rang...' You'd become bored too - and quickly! To avoid this, writers use a variety of different ways to start their sentences.

Always remember to read through your work before handing it in. This way, you can change words if you realise you've used the same one over and over again.

Take this English quiz to see how many different sentence openers you know.

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1.
Choose the sentence opener which could be added to the beginning of the sentence.
____ she became a famous singer, Jo had worked at a dry cleaner's.
But
Before
Despite
However
Before she became a famous singer, Jo had worked at a dry cleaner's.
2.
Choose the sentence opener which could be added to the beginning of the sentence.
____ his fear of flying, Daniel booked a flight to India.
Because
Since
Although
Despite
Despite his fear of flying, Daniel booked a flight to India.
3.
Choose the sentence opener which could be added to the beginning of the sentence.
____ the ship reached land.
Prettily
However
Although
Eventually
Eventually, the ship reached land.
4.
Choose the sentence opener which could be added to the beginning of the sentence.
____ he was no longer hungry, James ate a large piece of cake.
Despite
Afterwards
Although
Meanwhile
Although he was no longer hungry, James ate a large piece of cake.
5.
Choose the sentence opener which could be added to the beginning of the sentence.
____ his cousin Charlie, Jack didn't know anyone in his new school.
When
Since
Because
Besides
Besides his cousin Charlie, Jack didn't know anyone in his new school.
6.
Choose the sentence opener which could be added to the beginning of the sentence.
____ she slammed the book down on her desk.
Suddenly
Even though
Softly
Because
Suddenly, she slammed the book down on her desk.
7.
Choose the sentence opener which could be added to the beginning of the sentence.
____ she had finished her homework, Holly would not be allowed to go out to play.
Finally
Then
Until
Next
Until she had finished her homework, Holly would not be allowed to go out to play.
8.
Choose the sentence opener which could be added to the beginning of the sentence.
____ he was the tallest person in the family, it was always his job to reach things down from the top shelf.
Since
Meanwhile
Although
Therefore
Since he was the tallest person in the family, it was always his job to reach things down from the top shelf.
9.
Choose the sentence opener which could be added to the beginning of the sentence.
____ I had three apples, I could bake a tart.
When
If
Finally
However
If I had three apples, I could bake a tart.
10.
Choose the sentence opener which could be added to the beginning of the sentence.
____ they built up enough courage to look behind the rusty old car.
Since
If
After a while
Suddenly
After a while, they built up enough courage to look behind the rusty old car.

 

Author:  Sheri Smith

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