Ch 41: NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Structuring Your Sentences

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Use this chapter's video lessons and quizzes to refresh your knowledge of sentence structure. You might then go on to correctly and comprehensively answer pertinent questions on the NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing subtest.

NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Structuring Your Sentences - Chapter Summary

This chapter emphasizes the importance of structuring your sentences and of writing with clarity. As you review this chapter's tutorial video lessons, you'll recall how to ensure sentence agreement and avoid illogical comparison errors. Prepare for the NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing subtest by exploring strategies for:

  • Creating sentences that are clear and grammatically correct
  • Using varied sentence structure
  • Recognizing parallel sentences
  • Correctly using subject and object pronouns
  • Properly combining dependent and independent clauses
  • Comprehending and avoiding mixed sentence structure
  • Differentiating between who, whom, whose and who's
  • Understanding direct and indirect objects in sentences
  • Identifying and correcting faulty collective ownership
  • Learning more about the use of comparisons

Watch the online video lessons via your Web-ready technology whenever your schedule permits. Educated instructors and experts teach the lessons, which are generally between five and ten minutes in length. Traverse the lessons by using the video tags, and use the ask-an-expert feature if you have questions about sentence structure. When you've watched a lesson, take its corresponding quiz. You can also print out the quiz results and study them offline.

10 Lessons in Chapter 41: NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Structuring Your Sentences
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Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

1. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.

Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

2. Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

Learn the meaning of sentence structure and the importance of varying sentence structure in writing in this lesson. Four strategies to help you vary your sentence structure will also be described.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

3. 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.

Selecting Subject & Object Pronouns: Rules & Examples

4. Selecting Subject & Object Pronouns: Rules & Examples

Discover the difference and usefulness of two different types of pronouns. Learn how to use subject pronouns and object pronouns effectively in writing.

Combining Dependent & Independent Clauses

5. Combining Dependent & Independent Clauses

Clauses are a great mystery to many people when dealing with our written language. Watch this video lesson to discover clauses and also to learn how to combine clauses correctly.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

6. Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

A mixed structure sentence is a common error that occurs when a writer starts a sentence with one structure but switches to a different structure in the middle of the sentence. This video will teach you how to spot and avoid this type of error.

Who, Whom, Whose & Who's

7. Who, Whom, Whose & Who's

Many people misuse 'who', 'whom,' 'whose' and 'who's.' Watch this video lesson to not only learn the difference between these confusing words but also how to use each one correctly.

The Difference Between Direct & Indirect Objects in Sentence Structure

8. The Difference Between Direct & Indirect Objects in Sentence Structure

Mixing up direct and indirect objects could drastically affect sentence structure. Watch this video lesson to finally learn how to differentiate between direct and indirect objects and also how to use each correctly.

Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

9. Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

A common error occurs whenever a writer uses wording that suggests that a lot of people own or use just one thing, when really they all own or use their own separate things. This video will explain how to identify and fix this type of error.

How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

10. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

Your sentences may not always make as much sense as you think they do, especially if you're comparing two or more things. It's easy to let comparisons become illogical, incomplete, or ambiguous. Learn how to avoid making faulty comparisons on your way to writing a great essay.

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