Though most of the sentences they have chosen are opening lines from New York Times essays or articles about romantic love, they can also be used 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 to get started.
Get together with an English-speaking friend or relative and after reading the sentence starter try to predict what might be happening in the story.
Then check out your prediction with the full story while you help out each other with vocabulary problems. You may also be prompted to talk about personal stories or friends' stories that somehow resemble the story you have just read about.