How can I write this sentence in an ornate style: the boy walked through the woods

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amymc | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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The boy walked through the woods. 

Ornate style asks that you elevate the diction (vocabulary) and syntax(structure) of the sentence to a higher level.  Think of a regular, undecorated wall, and then, compare it to the same wall with paint, pictures and other decorations.

So, what can we do to elevate this sentence?  Let's start with the nouns - boy and woods.

  • First, think of some synonyms for boy:  adolescent, juvenile, youth, college senior, high school freshman, middle school shortstop...the list is endless.
  • Second, add some description:  the snarling adolescent with the metal adornments on his face.  We added snarling and the fact that he had facial piercings.
  • Repeat this process for the noun 'woods'
  • Third, look at your verb - walked.  Repeat the process we began above with this word.

No matter what the original sentence, you can always create an ornate style.   If you would like to learn more about ornate style, check out the links attached which will take you to some modern authors who write in an ornate style. 

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