Hammer Your Grammar Project

Gavin Roman On "The Giver" By Lois Lowry

Sentence Structure

Simple: The audience was clearly ill at ease. (pg. 74)

Compound: He shook is head suddenly, and he peered at Jonas. (Pg. 99)

Complex: In each dwelling they would be studying the instructions for the beginning of their training. (Pg. 83)

Compound-Complex: They waved back, smiling, but he noticed that Lily was watching him solemnly, her thumb in her mouth. (Pg. 83)


Independent Clause: The man corrected him. (Pg. 106)

Adjective Dependent Clause: Jonas found out the reason why he was chosen. (Pg. 143)

Adverb Dependent Clause: Jonas was older than his sister. (Pg. 7)

Noun Dependent Clause: Jonas and the Giver argued about why he was there. (Pg. 142)


Prepositional: Her voice flowed over the assembled crowd. (Pg. 75)

Appositive: Not like his friend, Asher, who talked to fast and mixed things up, scrambling words and phrases until they were unrecognizable and often very funny. (Pg. 4)

Gerund: Comprehending all of those things was difficult. (Pg. 103)

Infinitive: I don't want to choose. (Pg. 91)

Participle: Thinking, still, as he wheeled his bike into a narrow port beside the door he realized frightening was the wrong word to describe his feelings. (Pg. 5)


Irregular Verb: He had dismounted beside a small stream from which both he and the horse drank clear, cold water. (Pg. 158)

Passive Voice: The song was sung by the sevens. (Pg. 71)

Active Voice: Jonas felt a terrible concern for the man, suddenly. (Pg. 99)

Tricky Verb Pair Sit/Set: She could sit in an office all day, making announcements. (Pg. 28)

Tricky Verb Pair Rise/Raise: Jonas began to rise to collect his schoolbooks. (Pg. 46)

Tricky Verb Pair Lie/Lay: Jonas's father asked him to lie down. (pg. 12)

Verb Mood Indicative: Jonas told him about the experience with the apple. (Pg. 115)

Verb Mood Interrogative: "Have you checked the rules, Jonas?" (Pg. 64)

Verb Mood Imperative: "You go, Lily." (Pg. 6)

Verb Mood Conditional: The rules say that if there's a third transgression, he simply has to be released." (Pg. 11)

Verb Mood Subjunctive: I wish I could have been chosen, (Pg. 87)


Colon: But the noise continued all around: the cries of the wounded men, the cries begging for water and for mother and for death. (Pg. 1510)

Semi-colon: It disappeared from his awareness instantly; but he caught another, and another. (Pg. 102)

Comma used in a series: I play bounce-on-the-knee, peek-a-boo, and hug-the-teddy.

(Pg. 79)

Dialogue: "I'm one minute late because something happened," (Pg. 115)

Ellipsis: "Sir, I apologize for my lack of understanding..." (Pg. 95)

Dash: "I apologi- I mean I should have been more precise."


Lowry, Lois. The Giver. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993. Print.