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Ch 20: Sentence Types, Parts & Structure

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These self-paced lessons on sentence types, parts and structure simplify the learning process and can assist you with class or test prep. You can review sentence fragments, parallelism, and a lot more from our online platform that's easy to use and mobile-friendly.

Sentence Types, Parts & Structure - Chapter Summary

This chapter is an engaging way to enhance your understanding of sentence types, parts and structure. For instance, our experienced instructors discuss how to both find and write parallel sentences. You can also refresh your knowledge of run-on sentences. After completing the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Recognize different types of sentences
  • Provide an overview of independent and dependent clauses
  • Describe sentence fragments and comma splices
  • Explain how to pinpoint the subject of a sentence
  • Recall how to avoid 'mixed structure' sentences
  • Give an example of a phrase

Each video lesson in this chapter on sentence types, parts and structure includes a full written transcript, which is great if you prefer text-based learning. As you progress through the lessons, you can easily jump back to an earlier topic by using the video tags. There are short self-assessment quizzes available for each lesson.

7 Lessons in Chapter 20: Sentence Types, Parts & Structure
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Identifying Types of Sentences

1. Identifying Types of Sentences

Our language has four types of sentences. Watch this video lesson to not only learn the four types but also to discover the tricks to identifying types of sentences.

Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

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.

What is a Phrase?

3. What is a Phrase?

In this lesson, we will define a phrase. We will then discuss the different kinds of phrases, look at examples of each, and then discuss how to use them correctly in writing.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

4. 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

5. 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.

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.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

7. 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.

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