Ch 7: Sentence Elements & Structure

About This Chapter

This chapter addresses mixed sentence structure mistakes and how they can be easily corrected. Subject and object pronouns are some of the numerous sentence elements that are discussed in the engaging video lessons.

Sentence Elements & Structure - Chapter Summary

Refresh your memory on what misplaced and dangling modifiers look like in a sentence in this chapter. Direct and indirect objects are also covered in a lesson in this refresher chapter. Check your grasp on complex subject-verb agreement, including inverted order, in another part of the chapter. More issues pertaining to sentence elements and structure that you'll get to enhance your understanding of are:

  • Definition of predicates
  • Determining a sentence's subject
  • Sentence fragments and comma splices
  • Different types of conjunctions
  • Definite articles and indefinite articles
  • Dependent clauses vs independent clauses

These fun video lessons can be watched wherever you have an Internet connection, whether it's from a computer, tablet or smartphone. In case you'd like to see any segment a second time, you can make use of the video tags to do so. You'll get to see how well you know the material by completing practice quizzes throughout the chapter.

15 Lessons in Chapter 7: Sentence Elements & Structure
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Indefinite and Definite Articles: Definition and Examples

1. Indefinite and Definite Articles: Definition and Examples

Watch this video lesson on indefinite and definite articles. Find out when you should use which type of article and when you shouldn't use any article at all.

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

2. 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.

What are Predicates? - Definition and Examples

3. What are Predicates? - Definition and Examples

A predicate is a necessary component of each sentence, so it's important to know what one is and how to identify one. This lesson goes over the basics of predicates as well as how knowing about them can help answer other grammatical questions.

Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

4. 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.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

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.

How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence

6. How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence

Don't pass over this lesson! You may think you know how to find subjects and verbs in a sentence, but picking them out can be harder than you think. Identifying subjects and verbs is the first step to unlocking nearly everything else about English composition.

Selecting Subject & Object Pronouns: Rules & Examples

7. 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.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

8. Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

Learn all about verb tense and subject-verb agreement in our first lesson on this tricky topic. We'll look at examples to help you understand this concept.

Complex Subject-Verb Agreement: Inverted Order, Compound Subjects & Interrupting Phrases

9. Complex Subject-Verb Agreement: Inverted Order, Compound Subjects & Interrupting Phrases

Learn how subject-verb agreement is essential to written language. Three common problems with subject-verb agreement are discussed with tips for avoiding the most common errors.

Conjunctions: Coordinating & Correlative

10. Conjunctions: Coordinating & Correlative

Conjunctions are parts of speech that join together other words, phrases and clauses in sentences. Learn all about two types of conjunctions - coordinating and correlative - in this lesson.

Combining Dependent & Independent Clauses

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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.

Paragraphs: Definition & Rules

15. Paragraphs: Definition & Rules

Almost all forms of writing are structured into paragraphs. Watch this video lesson to learn not only the definition and purpose of a paragraph but its proper structure and how to make a paragraph effective.

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