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Ch 5: ACT English - Sentence Structure: Help and Review

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The ACT English - Sentence Structure chapter of this ACT Prep Help and Review course is the simplest way to master sentence structure. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of sentence structure.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering ACT preparation material will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better ACT scores. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding subordination, coordination or any other sentence structure topic
  • Need an efficient way to learn sentence structure
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools
  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers
  • Missed class time and need to catch up
  • Can't access extra ACT review resources at school

How it works:

  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the ACT English - Sentence Structure chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the ACT English - Sentence Structure chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any sentence structure question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answer to questions including:

  • How do independent and dependent clauses differ?
  • How do I avoid misplaced and dangling modifiers?
  • What makes a sentence parallel?
  • How can I eliminate sentence fragments, comma splices and run-on sentences in my writing?
  • How can I use transition sentences?

9 Lessons in Chapter 5: ACT English - Sentence Structure: Help and Review
Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

1. Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

This lesson is about independent and dependent clauses, and how they make up a sentence. Dependent clauses, like the name suggests, rely on other elements in a sentence. Independent clauses, on the other hand, can stand alone. Learn more in this lesson.

ACT English Practice: Clauses

2. ACT English Practice: Clauses

Clauses are like the building blocks of a sentence. In this lesson, you'll learn how to manage the different types of clauses with some guided practice problems.

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

3. What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

I have this recurring nightmare where all my modifiers are misplaced or dangling and everybody's laughing at me. Don't let this happen to you! Learn why modifiers are important and why putting them in the right place is even more so.

ACT English Practice: Misplaced Modifiers

4. ACT English Practice: Misplaced Modifiers

Not knowing how to use modifiers properly, this lesson will help you figure it all out - including what's wrong with this sentence! Walk through three examples with explanations, and then try it yourself on the quiz.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

5. Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

Sentences that aren't parallel sound funny, even if they look perfectly correct at first glance. Learn what makes a sentence parallel, how to revise a sentence to make it parallel, and how to write beautiful, balanced sentences of your own.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

6. Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

Sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences are grammatical and stylistic bugs that can seriously derail an otherwise polished academic paper. Learn how to identify and eliminate these errors in your own writing here.

How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

7. How to Write and Use Transition Sentences

Like a road map, transitions guide readers through your essay. This lesson examines the way writers transition between sentences, within paragraphs and between paragraphs to make for a smooth reading experience.

ACT English Practice: Sentence Construction

8. ACT English Practice: Sentence Construction

Without proper sentence construction, your writing will be unclear, not to mention incorrect! Get some practice with ACT sentence construction questions here.

Inverted Syntax: Definition & Examples

9. Inverted Syntax: Definition & Examples

This lesson explains what inverted syntax is and how it is used in speech and writing. Although it can be used as a literary device, such as in poetry, you will discover that you already use it in everyday language, including in exclamations and questions.

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