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Passion Prompts: Sentence Starters for Writing About Relationships

The bride descends an illuminated staircase as she makes an entrance at the start of her wedding ceremony to Seth Kaplan at Tribeca Rooftop.

Tina Fineberg for The New York TimesLia Batkin, the bride, descends an illuminated staircase as she makes an entrance at the start of her wedding ceremony to Seth Kaplan at Tribeca Rooftop.Go to related Vows column »Love may be a many splendored thing, but it’s not always easy to write about. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d offer some sentence starters to help.

Though most of the sentences we’ve chosen are opening lines from New York Times essays or articles about romantic love, you can use them as jumping-off points to write about any kind of relationship. So whether you’re describing fondness for a friend, sentiment for a sweetheart, bereavement for a breakup, partiality for a pet, or even a soft spot for your skateboard, choose from among the 21 lines below to get started.

At theend of the postwe offer additional ideas for using these sentence starters in the classroom, as well as links to more Valentine’s resources, including ourValentine’s Day Across the Curriculumcollection.

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