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Look at this sentence;

'We had a nice time'.

It's very simple. But how can we make it more interesting?

First, let's look at the adjective. The word nice doesn't tell us very much so let's change it to something more interesting. How about 'fantastic'?

'We had a fantastic time'.

That makes the sentence more exciting straight away. Now we need to know where you were, what you were doing and why it was fantastic, so we need to add some verbs, proper nouns, adverbs and connectives. Let's start with a connective.

'We had a fantastic time when....'

Adding 'when' gives us a chance to explain where you were and why it was so good. For example;

'We had a fantastic time when we went to the beach'.

Let's keep going by adding adjectives to describe the beach...

'We had a fantastic time when we went to the hot, sunny beach.'

Now let's add 'because' to explain why it was fantastic.

'We had a fantastic time at the hot, sunny beach because we jumped and splashed in the sea'.

Finally we need to add an adverb to explain how we jumped in the sea.

'We had a fantastic time at the hot, sunny beach because we jumped and splashed noisily in the sea'.

Now let's compare the sentence we started with to the new and improved one.

  1. We had a nice time
  2. We had a fantastic time at the hot, sunny beach because we jumped and splashed noisily in the sea

By improving our use of vocabulary, we have changed the sentence completely making it much more interesting for the reader.

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