“In the co-main event”

Note: This was a stylistic imitation for my Grammar For Teachers class awhile back. The is some truth to me getting in the ring with my friend Jeff. 

Holding my Flash jacket, Brian made his way to the red corner as Jeff and I touched gloves in the center of the ring – the crowd cheering as the bell’s echo filled the air. Jeff did not know boxing very well, but he quickly threw the first punch. I anxiously threw wild punches like George Foreman had done in the ’70s. Brian who had brought us to the boxing club was in Jeff’s corner. He had promised us he would get us drinks that we could enjoy after the fight. Jeff and I strategically traded punches as if we were seriously trying to win. Our performance could have been a fight equivalent to a match featured on cable television. Although the punches hurt, what mattered is we were having fun. When the fight was over, the referee gave Jeff the decision and we hugged. The crowd continued to cheer as we left the ring.

  1. Holding my Flash jacket, Brian made his way to the red corner as Jeff and I touched gloves in the center of the ring – the crowd cheering as the bell’s echo filled the air. (absolute phrase).

  2. Jeff did not know boxing very well, but he quickly threw the first punch. (compound sentence)

  3. I anxiously threw wild punches similar to how George Foreman when he fought in the 70’s. (adjective clause introduced by an adverb)

  4. Brian who had brought us to the boxing club stood in Jeff’s corner, cheering us on. (relative clause introduced by who)

  5. He had promised us he would get us drinks that we could enjoy after the fight. (adjective clause introduced by that)

  6. Jeff and I strategically traded punches as if we were seriously trying to win. (adverb clause modifying an adverb)

  7. Our performance could have been a fight equivalent to a match featured on cable television. (noun clause acting as a subject)

  8. Although the punches hurt, what really mattered is we were having fun. (noun clause acting as a predicate nominative)

  9. When the fight was over, the referee gave Jeff the decision and we hug.ged. (compound-complex sentence)

  10. The crowd continued to cheer as we left the ring. (compound sentence)

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