ObjectiveTo help the student write clear andeffective sentences.
The Four Cornerstones of Writing Clear Sentences Write a clear subject and a clear predicate Place modifiers close to what is being modified Use appropriate punctuation Make sure the meaning can be clearly understood
Use the Appropriate Conjunctions Conjunctions help you write clear sentences by connecting words or groups of words in a sentence – Coordinating conjunctions: And, but, or… – Subordinating conjunctions: As, because, if, since, until, while… – Conjunctive adverbs: Accordingly, however, instead…
Examples Mary traveled to Florida, but she could not visit Disney World. Mary traveled to Florida because she had an important business meeting. Mary traveled to Florida to meet some business people; however, she had to return to Puerto Rico before the meeting.
WordinessThe lack of responsibility of John made him fail the class. VSJohn failed the class because of his irresponsibility. OrJohn’s lack of responsibility made him fail the class.
Unnecessary PhrasesStudents in the present time have to work to pay for college. VSToday, students have to work to pay for college.
Eliminate Unnecessary Words and PhrasesThe movie was kind of disturbing. VSThe movie was disturbing.
Avoid Saying the Same Thing Twice (Redundancy)The computer is a new innovation. VSThe computer is an innovation.
For More Information Index English Grammar and Compositionhttp://www.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index2.htm Tons of Fun with Grammarhttp://www.seasite.niu.edu/flin/103_handouts/senten Grammar Book Table of Contentshttp://www.grammarbook.com/exercises/grammar/cn