ESL Writing

Sentence Pattern: "Start/Stop Verb+ing

In this ESL writing lesson, students are introduced to the sentence pattern "start/stop verb+ing".


Sentence Pattern


start/stop verb+ing


· When you put a verb after start, begin, stop, finish, or quit,

you must add “-ing”



start (started)

begin (began)

stop (stopped)

finish (finished)

quit (quit)






I started studying English in 3rd grade.

I finished writing my homework at 11:00 last night.

My father quit smoking because it is unhealthy.

We began dating when we met last year.




Write your own sentences, using the sentence pattern above:



1. ______________________________________________________



2. ______________________________________________________



3. ______________________________________________________



4. ______________________________________________________



5. ______________________________________________________




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