The KISS Grammar Workbooks: Studies in Style (Data Sheet)
 
Title of the Text:____________________________________________________

Total Number of Words in the Passage:_______     Total Number of Sentences:________

1.
How many of the words are in prepostional phrases?  __________
2.  Not counting those in prepositional phrases, how many words are adjectives and adverbs? __________
3. 
How many words are in subject, finite verb, or complement slots?
__________
4.  In addition to those counted above, how many other words were you able to explain (conjunctions, interjections, etc)? __________
5.  Add together rows 1 through 4 for the total number of words you could explain. __________
6.  Divide the total number of words you can explain (#5) by the total number of words in the passage to see how much of the text you can explain. __________
Questions on the Style of the Sentence
SS 1.  Divide the number of words in the passage by the total number of sentences to find the average number of words in each sentence. __________
SS 2.  Count the number of sentences that begin with something other than a noun phrase (such as an adverbial or prepositional phrase, a noun used as an adverb, or a conjunction). __________
SS 3.  Divide SS #2 by the total number of sentences for the rate of sentences that do not open with simple noun phrases. __________
Questions on the Style of Finite Verbs
FV 1. Count the total number of finite verb phrases. __________
FV 2.  Count the number of finite verb phrases that are the second or later members of compounds. __________
FV 3. 
Divide FV #2 by FV #1 for the rate of compound verb phrases.
__________
FV 4.
Count the number of finite verb phrases that are in passive voice.
__________
FV 5.
Divide FV # 4 by FV # 1 for the rate of use of the passive voice.
__________
Questions on the Style of S/V/C Patterns
C 1. Count the number of finite verb phrases that have no complement. __________
C 2. Count the number of predicate adjectives. __________
C 3. Count the number of predicate nouns. __________
C 4. Count the number of direct objects. __________
C 5. Count the number of patterns with compound complements. __________
C 6. Divide the number of compound patterns (C5) by the number of finite verb phrases (FV 1) for the rate of use of compound complements. __________