2.8 Sentence Construction

Use these clauses and phrases to construct a text; consider carefully where each phrase or clause goes in each sentence.



  • the zodiac’s starting point
  • who are unafraid of conflict
  • after all
  • for fun
  • this year
  • to be careful
  • though it’s hardly a placid year
  • for the rest of you.
  • as ever
  • put brutally
  • up against the status quo
  • on the “go for it” side of the equation
  • favouring ostentation and bravado
  • time to tear up the rule book
  • for an accurate perspective
  • to a dashing November and December
  • what’s in the pipeline
  • like its real life counterpart
  • prone to plough the same old furrow
  • that even you couldn’t ignore
  • asking you to excel and move right along
  • albeit one that favours radical action
  • above staying in your comfort zone
  • cutting-edge ideas
  • so much the better
  • given a green light
  • to tend their fertile plot
  • to lock horns with enemies
  • to favour a touch of spin and bluff
  • throughout the year
  • outright deception
  • comes back to haunt you.
  • with a restless mind
  • quick on the uptake
  • delighted by novelty
  • a voyage of self-discovery
  • calling for you to act from the heart as much as the head.
  • movers and shakers
  • a “can do” attitude
  • a volatile scenario
  • a likely tipping point
  • stay on your toes
  • it would seem
  • affairs of the heart
  • cavorting on the croquet lawn
  • or else be swept along by the tide
  • that said
  • a time to seek excitement
  • in this potentially dazzling phase
  • just as well
  • to leave your comfort zone
  • the atmosphere music changes
  • to get your house in order
  • perhaps literally
  • lolling lazily in the shade
  • so there is plenty of time for demonstrations of your fierier side
  • then there is money
  • a glimpse of what lies ahead




What is the class of each phrase or clause?



Subordinate clause

Main Clause

Non-finite clause

Infinitive Clause

Relative Clause

Noun Phrase




Why position each clause or phrase at the beginning, the end, or embedded within the sentence?

neil spencer the observer, sunday 27 december 2009


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