Ch 8: Understanding Sentence Structure

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons to review rules and techniques for good sentence structure. Refresh your memory of points of view, parallelism, collective ownership and more to construct effective sentences.

Understanding Sentence Structure - Chapter Summary

The short video lessons in this chapter brush up on important grammar rules so that you can construct strong sentences. You'll take a look at several aspects of sentence structure, including parallelism, agreement and clarity. As you review how to write clear sentences, you'll study sentence subjects and objects. Instructors also cover major errors to avoid, such as faulty comparisons. Once you've finished this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Pick out subjects in sentences
  • Distinguish between direct and indirect objects
  • Improve your writing by using varied sentence structure
  • Avoid creating mixed structure sentences
  • Write clear and parallel sentences
  • Define first, second and third person points of view
  • Correct collective ownership errors in sentences
  • Construct sentences without faulty comparisons

To make reviewing sentence structure an engaging process, we provide entertaining video lessons developed by professional instructors. These videos are just a few minutes long and are loaded with examples and helpful strategies. Along with watching the lessons, you can also read them by taking advantage of our video transcripts. Many times, these contain links to other lessons that provide more details about key terms. Our multiple-choice lesson quizzes offer a quick way to gauge your comprehension of the material after you've studied.

9 Lessons in Chapter 8: Understanding Sentence Structure
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How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence

1. 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.

The Difference Between Direct & Indirect Objects in Sentence Structure

2. 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.

Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

3. Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

Learn the meaning of sentence structure and the importance of varying sentence structure in writing in this lesson. Four strategies to help you vary your sentence structure will also be described.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

4. 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.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

5. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

6. 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.

Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

7. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.

Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

8. Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

A common error occurs whenever a writer uses wording that suggests that a lot of people own or use just one thing, when really they all own or use their own separate things. This video will explain how to identify and fix this type of error.

How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

9. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

Your sentences may not always make as much sense as you think they do, especially if you're comparing two or more things. It's easy to let comparisons become illogical, incomplete, or ambiguous. Learn how to avoid making faulty comparisons on your way to writing a great essay.

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