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ACT English: Sentence Structure - Chapter Summary
The lessons will guide you in writing various types of sentence constructions and show examples of problem sentence structures. Review the following topics in this chapter:
- Independent and dependent clauses
- Misplaced and dangling modifiers
- Sentence fragments, run-on sentences and comma splices
- Writing and using transition sentences
The practice lessons show ACT testing examples and provide practice in successful sentence structuring. Review all the topics through short video lessons and prepare to correctly answer sentence structure questions in the ACT English test.
ACT English Objectives
Through the 75-question, 45-minute English portion of the ACT, you can demonstrate readiness for college-level courses. These English lessons include six essential elements for effective writing tested within the ACT:
- Sentence Structure
- Grammar and Usage
The sentence structure portion makes up 24% of the English ACT test. Questions check for understanding pertaining to the relationships between clauses, construction shifts and the placement of modifiers. Some exam questions refer to specific underlined sentence constructions, while other questions may appear at the end of passages. The results for the English test include usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills sub-scores.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6. Types of Phrases: Gerund, Participial, Prepositional & More
The writing of a sentence begins with a phrase. In this lesson, we will discuss the definition of a phrase, the different types of phrases, and how knowing what a phrase is will improve your writing.
7. 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.
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.
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