How To Structure A Sentence

How To Structure Sentences

Writers Write is a writing resource. In this post, we talk about how to structure sentences so that you can improve your writing,

How To Structure Sentences

The Content

  1. Each sentence should have one thought.
  2. When you finish this thought, finish your sentence.
  3. Put a new thought into a new sentence.

An inexperienced writer uses conjunctions in order to insert multiple thoughts into one sentence.

Examples of conjunctions are: and, then, but, however, or, even.

This writer thinks long sentences impress readers. They don’t. In fact, they chase readers away.

Must-Read: 6 Ways To Shorten Your Sentences And Improve Your Writing

The Mechanics – Six Tips

  1. A sentence contains a subject and a verb. Example: The dog (subject) ran (verb) to its owner. (In a command or a question, the subject or verb can be implied. Examples: Run! Why?)
  2. A sentence begins with a capital letter.
  3. A sentence ends with a full stop or an exclamation mark or a question mark.
  4. An average sentence should be nine words. (This does not mean every sentence must be nine words long. It means that in a piece of writing, the average sentence should be nine words long for good readability statistics.)
  5. A sentence should never be more than one and a half lines.
  6. An average paragraph should be no longer than three lines.

Keep your sentences short. Include one thought in each sentence. Keep your reader interested.

More posts on sentences:

  1. The 4 Types Of Sentences
  2. 6 Ways To Shorten Your Sentences And Improve Your Writing
  3. 7 Tips For Writing Great Sentences
  4. The Importance Of Varying Sentence Length
  5. What Is A Sentence Fragment?
  6. Sentences – Simple, Compound, Complex

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 6th September 2011