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Rules of Sentence Structure - Chapter Summary
A sentence consists of many grammatical parts, and there are numerous rules about what makes a proper sentence. This chapter will deepen your understanding of sentence structure by providing you with an overview of a sentence's key parts and showing you what to do and what to avoid in crafting sentences that follow the rules of English grammar. Topics covered in this chapter include:
- How to identify the subject of a sentence
- Definition and examples of predicates
- Direct and indirect objects in sentence structure
- Comma splices, run-on sentences, and sentence fragments
- Rules of capitalization in writing
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1. How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence
The subject is the main character of a sentence, while the verb is the action he/she is taking or the state he/she is in. Learn how to identify the subject and verb of a sentence, even in sentences with multiple subjects and verbs or written in passive voice, explore the different types of subjects, including simple subjects, complete subjects, compound subjects, and implied subjects, and check how to use pronouns.
2. What are Predicates? - Definition and Examples
A predicate indicates the action being performed by a subject in a sentence. Understand the role of predicates in a complete sentence through a definition, its basic rules of usage, an explanation of subjective pronouns, and some examples.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Capitalization Rules in Writing
Capitalization exists to emphasize the importance of certain words in a sentence. Learn how to define capitalization, discover why we capitalize, and explore the four categories of capitalization: proper nouns, titles, first words in a sentence, and the pronoun 'I.'
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