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Punctuation & Sentence Structure - Chapter Summary
Take a look at this chapter's short lessons and quizzes to review the basics of punctuation and sentence structure. Our expert English instructors will explain and simplify rules and concepts pertaining to various punctuation types, clauses, complete sentences and sentence errors. Each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you memorize important grammar rules. You'll be able to print the lesson transcripts and access the chapter whenever you have free time in your schedule. When you're finished working through these lessons and quizzes, you should be able to:
- Recognize the structure of complete sentences
- Evaluate the function of subordination and coordination in independent and dependent clauses
- Use colons, semicolons, periods, hyphens, quotation marks, ellipses and brackets
- Understand basic comma rules
- Identify examples of run-on sentences, comma splices and sentence fragments
1. How to Write a Complete Sentence: Parts & Structure
The most basic building block of writing is the sentence. This lesson describes the parts of a sentence, how to write a complete sentence, and two sentence errors to avoid.
2. 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.
3. Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods
Periods, colons, and semicolons all have the ability to stop a sentence in its tracks, but for very different purposes. In this lesson, learn how and why we use them in our writing.
4. Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules
Think that you know commas? You may be surprised. Even the most experienced writers have problems remembering all the rules. Learn the basics of comma usage in this first of two lessons on the comma.
5. 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.
6. Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks
Writing not only consists of letters and words but many forms of punctuation. Watch this video lesson to learn about four types of punctuation: hyphens, brackets, ellipses, and quotation marks.
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