A determiner specifies a noun as known or unknown.
Can you identify the determiner(s) in the sentence below?
There wasn’t much time left before the crow would fly away, so she took a step forward.
What do you think the key is for? Why do you think the girl is so desperate to have it?
Why do you think the crow has taken the key?
How did the clock get there? Is it significant in the story?
What do you think the crow is thinking?
Where have all the leaves on the ground come from?
She had been chasing it all day. Now, the crow had it.
Time was ticking. Time was running out. She tiptoed towards the creature, seeing the precious key it held precariously in its sharp, cruel beak. It let out an irritating, throaty cackle, its soot-black wings ruffling gently as it manoeuvred itself on top of the clock; it was ready to take flight.
Knowing she might only have a few seconds before her opportunity disappeared, she took another cautious step forward. Time seemed to slow, her body tingled in excitement and her heart thudded in her chest. It was now or never…
Can you continue the story?
Credit: Matt Dawson
The Secret Passage
The figures, which had been painstakingly sculpted out of snow, loomed down over the rest of the park. Passers-by would often comment on the statues’ size and intricate detail. That was all they were though, statues.
One evening, however, when the park was complete deserted, and all that could be heard was the chit-chattering of the birds in the trees, it happened…
A faint red glow emitted from one of the buttons on the dial in the centre of his chest.
It couldn’t possibly be happening, could it?
The impossible seemed to be happening: his head began to turn…
Can you continue the story about the statues coming to life? Was this a one off, or did it happen frequently?
Can you use subordination in a sentence, using a main clause and a subordinate clause?
Can you separate the clauses using a comma?
Can you use one of the following conjunctions to link your clauses: but, or, yet, so?
e.g. It had seemed like an ordinary evening, but something mysterious was happening in the park.