How to Write a Proper English Sentence

Lyndsey Davis By Lyndsey Davis, 12th May 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Writing well means using correct grammar. Like a MMORPG (massive multi-player role playing game), there are rules. With all the writing today, from school papers to business documents, online articles to blogs, and even social networking sites, it is important to gain credibility by using proper grammar. Writing well is as simple as becoming a grammar detective. There are basic rules for grammar and like learning the rules of a MMORPG, using them can be fun.

Writing and Using Proper Grammar Can Be Easy and Fun.

Grammar! Just the word can make people cringe. Add the word "proper" and, for some, it seems worse. Writing well doesn’t have to be bad.

If grammar can be seen as a detective game, writing and proofreading becomes easier. When learning to play Clue, Monopoly, World of Warcraft, Runescape or any sport, abiding by the rules or standards makes the game fun. Using the rules well makes a player more successful. In fact, learning “tips” or “cheats” made it even more so. Cheats in this instance are not illegal hacking, but reminders of how to play well.

Grammar is about being a good detective and looking for the “rules” and “tips” to help make writing easy. Proofreading and editing can be turned into a game, especially for those occasions where applying the rules of grammar is necessary. Detect what is proper and the rewards are good writing. Receiving recognition from others in the form of good grades, articles that make good money and having blogs where visitors post comments can attribute some of the success to correct usage and well written documents.

Sentence Structure Made Easy

Starting with basic structure, there are key parts, which must be included in every sentence.

EVERY sentence must start with a capital letter, must have a subject and a predicate and must end with punctuation.

E.g. "I am a writer."
"Write a well crafted sentence."
"Watch out!"
"Do you have the time?"

Check for the elements of a sentence. Does each one have:

A Beginning Capital Letter,
An Ending Punctuation Mark,
A Subject (Noun, Pronoun or Implied),
A Predicate (Verb--action or state of being)?

Subjects and Predicates Have a Special Order

Every sentence has a subject and a predicate or verb in that order, (The exception is Yoda from Star Wars, who speaks sentences backwards as in “Wise am I.”).

“I slipped.” is a sentence. The subject is the pronoun ‘I’. ‘Slipped’ is the predicate or action verb that follows.

Sometimes a subject can be implied. “Stop!” The subject “You” is implied and doesn’t need to be said. Stop is the predicate or action verb.

Sentences Need One of Three Ending Punctuations

A sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a period (.), a question mark (?) or an exclamation point (!).

A sentence that makes a statement begins with a capital, as in “I.”
I slipped on the icy sidewalk.
It ends with a period.

A sentence that is a question begins with a capital, as in “D.”
Did you slip on the sidewalk?
It ends with a question mark.

A sentence that is an exclamation begins with a capital, as in “Y.”
You're hurt!
It ends with an exclamation point.

Phrases That Are Not Sentences

Slipping on the sidewalk.
This clause is missing a subject and a predicate and is called a dependent clause.

On the sidewalk.
This prepositional phrase is missing a subject and a predicate.

Using the Grammar Rules in Writing a Sentence is Like a Detective Game

These are the simple and basic rules of a sentence. Becoming a grammar detectective and checking for accuracy can be an easy way to insure a blog or document is well-written. Good grammar requires that each sentence begin and end with the proper punctuation. Writing well can become second nature when the rules are practiced every time. Rules such as including a subject (even if it is just implied) and a predicate must be used meticulously. The following are simple detections for basic grammar.

Detective Checks: Capital letter at the start.
Punctuation at the end.

For more information, check out The Grammar Detective


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author avatar Barbara
14th May 2010 (#)

I could definately do with a bit of grammar tuition. Rely on it sounding ok. Never learnt the rules appart from the basic! (Realise no subject - computer dire for this sort of thing!)

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author avatar Machinegunluke
22nd May 2011 (#)

Hey! Thank you, I have all the qualities of a good writer but struggle with proper grammer. I knew these basic rules but the reminder is always helpful.

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author avatar Abc
22nd Nov 2011 (#)

Very bad ,I mean worst site

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author avatar Amir
26th Nov 2011 (#)

Well its good as a reminder because the basic are already there in the back of my mind

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author avatar Simon
25th Mar 2013 (#)

I think this is AWESOME! It helped a lot!

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author avatar Manisha
31st Dec 2013 (#)

I don't no how to make proper sentences

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