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FeedForward comments: Sentence Construction

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Sentence Construction

Sentence construction:

This sentence is called a run-on sentence because it is running (or joining) together two ideas that should be separated. It needs to be rewritten as two or more sentences. Go to this Run- on sentence information sheet

 

This is called a fragmented sentence because it is only part of a sentence. This means it is missing either a subject, a verb or does not express a complete thought. Go to Sentence fragment information sheet

 

The meaning of this sentence is unclear. Who or what does this sentence refer to? Go to: Ambiguous sentences –problems with pronouns and determiners

 

The meaning of this sentence is unclear because you have chosen the wrong word. Go to: Ambiguous sentence: wrong word choice

 

The meaning of this sentence is unclear because there are too many ideas in one sentence. Go to: Writing clear sentences

 

This sentence does not make sense because you have used the wrong tense. Find more information here 

 

This sentence does not make sense because the subject and verb do not agree. Find more information here

 

This sentence does not make sense because you have used an incorrect conjunction which means you have not joined the sentence correctly. Go to: Using Conjunctions

 

This sentence does not make sense because you have used a preposition that is not usually used with that verb. Go to: Using prepositions

 

The idea in this sentence needs more explanation. You can expand on this idea in a new sentenceGo to: Writing clear sentences

 

This sentence needs an example to strengthen your point. You can expand on this example in a new sentence. Go to: writing clear sentences

 

Avoid writing long sentences. Your ideas are great, but it is better to write one sentence per idea. Go to: Writing clear sentences

 

This sentence is too long because you are trying to include too much information. Go to: Writing clear sentences

 

This is an excellent sentence because it is clear, develops your argument and is correctly structured.

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