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Ch 8: Language & Sentence Structure

About This Chapter

Expand your knowledge of language and sentence structure with the help of these lessons. Our short videos and self-assessment tests can help you prepare for and excel on an upcoming test.

Language & Sentence Structure - Chapter Summary

This chapter's collection of lessons will help you learn how to write well and properly structure your essay paragraphs/sentences, sentence structure and sentence clarity. Other topics for the video lessons include:

  • Comma splices, sentence fragments and run-on sentences
  • Misplaced and dangling modifiers
  • Improving your sentence structure
  • Properly setting the tone of your essay
  • Writing with idiom and phrasal verbs
  • Utilizing rhetorical skills in essays
  • Revisions

Your video instructors will completely dissect the chapter topics and give you advice on how you can use what you learn on your exam. Different learning approaches are used to keep chapters interesting and fresh and so that you can be better prepared for the exam.

13 Lessons in Chapter 8: Language & Sentence Structure
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How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

1. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

There isn't a specific answer to what makes writing good, but you can take some things into consideration to improve your writing. Learn how to write well by coming up with great ideas, using specific examples, giving organization and clarity to your ideas, giving your writings a good style and voice, and being careful with your spelling, punctuation, and grammar to prevent readers from distracting.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

2. How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

In an essay, sentence structure should flow together and represent the same topic to make up a strong paragraph. Explore how to then organize clear paragraphs that capture a reader's interest with maximum impact in an essay.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

3. How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

Learn how to structure the four types of sentences in a well-written essay or other documents, which are simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. Understand when and how to use each type of sentence to develop a well-written essay.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

4. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

Having sentence clarity in your writing is key to create great essays. Learn how to write clear sentences, discover why you should pay attention to the rhythm of your writings, and look at the clear sentence checklist to turn odd ones into great ones.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

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

Authors may accidentally change the structure of a sentence halfway through, creating a mixed sentence structure error. Learn about the rules of sentence structure and discover how to identify, correct, and avoid writing sentences with mixed structures.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

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

Well-written documents are free of problems like fragmented sentences, comma splices, and run-on sentences. Learn about these grammatical issues, understand why they detract from the quality of written work, and explore ways to write documents that are grammatically correct.

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

7. What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

Modifiers modify and describe words and clauses, but if used incorrectly, they can modify the wrong words and clauses or nothing at all. Learn about misplaced modifiers and dangling modifiers and how to correct them.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

8. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

Proper sentence structure is important for strong reading and writing comprehension. Discover how to successfully identify and avoid misplaced modifiers, sentence fragments, and the passive voice to improve sentence structure.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

9. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

The word choice and the language of an essay play a key role in setting the tone of the essay and letting readers know exactly what is meant to be said. Learn how using different words can change the tone of sentences and how punctuation helps readers to know how the message is intended to be communicated by the author.

How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

10. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

Idioms and phrasal verbs are terms that have a particular meaning other than the literal meaning of the words that make them up. Learn how to write with idioms and phrasal verbs, and explore the different types of phrasal verbs, including separable, inseparable, and intransitive phrasal verbs.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

11. Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

Rhetoric can be an effective technique to persuade an audience. Learn about rhetoric, including its purpose and ways to use it. Understand how to use rhetoric in writing and develop rhetorical writing skills that lead to better essays by knowing the purpose of your writing and applying rhetorical skills.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

12. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

Few writers can prepare documents that are free of mistakes. Learn the three general rules of self-editing and understand how to apply this process to fix writing mistakes, edit for content, adjust mechanics, and revise grammatical errors.

Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

13. Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

Practicing essay-writing with a clear plan can improve your writing skills. Learn how to practice essay-writing and get better at writing by knowing your weaknesses, focusing on essay structure, and learning how to evaluate your writing.

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