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Word Choice & Sentence Structure. INGL3202– Spring 2011 Nataly Rodriguez. WORD CHOICE. Wrong word choice can result in awkwardness , vagueness , and unclearness . Be careful when using words you are unfamiliar with. Make sure you know the meaning of the words you are using.

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word choice sentence structure

Word Choice & Sentence Structure

INGL3202– Spring 2011

Nataly Rodriguez

word choice
WORD CHOICE

Wrong word choice can result in awkwardness, vagueness, and unclearness.

  • Be careful when using words you are unfamiliar with.
  • Make sure you know the meaning of the words you are using.
  • Look for repetition, which sometimes can be good, but others it can be BAD.
  • Avoid losing the message with wordiness.
  • Be precise and clear. Avoid generalizations.
  • Check spelling!
word choice transitions
WORD CHOICE: Transitions

Not all transitions have the same usage.

  • Location/ place:
    • among, inside, over.
  • Concluding:
    • as a result, as we have seen, given these points.
  • Clarification:
    • in other words, put another way.
  • Adding examples:
    • In the same, additionally, likewise.
word choice commonly confused words
WORD CHOICE: Commonly confused words

There is a tendency to confuse words that look alike, sound alike, or both.

sentence structure
SENTENCE STRUCTURE

Every complete sentence has a subject and a predicate.

  • SUBJECT- What or whom the sentence is about.
  • PREDICATE- Tells something about the subject and contains the verb.
sentence stucture complete sentence
SENTENCE STUCTURE: Complete Sentence
  • Example:
    • Jonas runs.
    • Jonas and his dog run every morning.

Subject

Predicate

Predicate

Subject

sentence structure fragments
SENTENCE STRUCTURE:Fragments

If a sentence does not have both a subject and a verb, it is called a fragment.

Fragment means “broken piece”. A fragment sentence is only a piece of a sentence, not a complete sentence.

sentence structure fragments1
SENTENCE STRUCTURE:Fragments
  • There are three problems a fragment can have:
  • No subject
  • Also loves to follow my teenage brother around.
  • No verb
  • He short for his age.
  • No subject or verb
  • And long, blonde hair.
sentence structure run on sentences
SENTENCE STRUCTURE:Run-on sentences

A run-on sentence is two (or more) sentences joined without adequate punctuation or a connecting word.

  • Run-on Sentence:
    • I thought the ride would never end my eyes were crossed, and my fingers were numb.
  • Corrected:
    • I thought the ride would never end. My eyes were crossed, and my fingers were numb.