It is always important to comprehend the use of different sentence structures. Still, many students are using the simplest form, “Subject-Verb-Object” (SVO) in their sentence structure, which will continue failing to earn them high marks. Today, let’s learn 5 practical sentence patterns and improve our DSE writing skills!
1. Not only… but also…
Donald Chow Yun-fat is not only an eminent actor, but also a philanthropist.
(= Donald Chow Yun-fat is an eminent actor; he is also a philanthropist.)
I could not only find many books but also many video tapes on the shelf.
(= I could find not only many books on the shelf. I could also find many video tapes on the shelf)
2. Passive voice
Such measures should be adopted quickly to alleviate the situation.
(= The government should quickly adopt such measures to alleviate the situation.)
Despite the hot weather, our holiday turned out to be a satisfactory one.
(= Although the weather was hot, our holiday turned out to be satisfactory.)
Despite his attempt to help her, she continues to grumble about the life she leads.
(= Although he is trying to help her, she continues to grumble about the life she leads.)
4. It is… who / that…
It is the little kid who uncovered the scandal.
(= The little kid uncovered the scandal.)
It was the air-conditioner that produced the noise.
(= The air-conditioner produced the noise.)
5. The more… the more…
The older people grow, the more they tend to complain about things.
(= When people grow old, they tend to complain about things.)
The more advanced technological development is, the more serious pollution grows.
(= When technological development is advanced, pollution grows very serious.)
Learn to use these more complex sentence structures in your DSE writings and strive for higher marks!
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