In this video, learn more about incorrect sentence structures and how to analyze and avoid these constructions. Three major incorrect structures are dissected with examples, including various ways of making the sentence correct. This lesson helps writers who want to be taken seriously by using correct sentence structure.
- [Instructor] Even though a variety of correct…sentence structures is possible, three major…incorrect structures also occur:…fragment, run-on, and comma splice.…For each of these three, we will look first at how…to recognize it, and then how to change the structure…to correct it.…Let's look at the sentence fragment,…or the incomplete sentence.…First, determine if you have a clause, a subject,…and a verb.…Remember that a phrase is just a group of words:…to the park, getting paid are two examples,…but a clause at first glance may look like it has…a correct sentence structure.…
Let's compare these two examples.…James quit the team.…James is the subject, quit the verb, the team the object.…Four words.…Independent clause, complete sentence.…Now this one.…While we were spending five hours driving to the conference…in Washington.…We's the subject, were spending the verb,…and the tail, five hours driving conference Washington,…12 words, but it's a dependent clause,…one that can't stand alone, which means it can't end…with a period.…
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- Identify irregular verbs and explain how to use them appropriately in all tenses.
- List the seven coordinating conjunctions.
- Recognize commonly misused and misunderstood words.
- Determine correct comma placement.
- Explain the difference between a colon and a semicolon.
- Name the four sentence structures.