Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video A closer look at sentence structure, part of Grammar Fundamentals.
What are the basic sentence structures …and how can knowing them …help you write correct sentences? …First, a complete sentence must have …a subject and a verb. …So every sentence must have at least two words. …"Karen ran." …Karen's the subject; ran is the verb. …What about this sentence? "Run!" …Is that a complete sentence? …Actually it is, even though it contains only one word. …In commands, the subject is the understood “you” …so it does have a subject even though it isn't written, …and the verb, those two required words, you run. …Let's start with that simple sentence, …that one independent clause, …a group of words that can stand alone. …"The chairs need to be cleaned." …That group of words meets the requirement …of a simple sentence. …“Chairs” is the subject. …“need” is the verb, and it is a standalone thought. …The next sentence structure is the compound sentence. …If the sentence has two complete clauses, …it is called a compound sentence. …"The chairs need to be cleaned, …and the tables need to be repaired." …
- Why does grammar matter?
- Diagramming sentences
- Understanding pronouns
- Working with adjectives and adverbs
- Making sentences parallel
- Deciding when to use active and passive voice
- Using commas correctly
- Practicing grammar rules
Skill Level Beginner
1. Overview of Grammar
2. The Parts of Speech
3. Common Problems
Practicing the grammar rules1m 46s
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