Creating Well-constructed Sentences

Anyone who wants to refresh or refine their basic business grammar skills for any kind of business writing, from e-mail and memos to reports and presentations


Expected Duration
36 minutes

Syntax is the grammatical term for arranging words to create logical phrases, clauses, and sentences. Well-constructed sentences express an idea by using the parts of speech in a logical and clear order. A misplaced modifier might get a chuckle out of the reader, but it doesn’t help your reputation or that of your company. In this course, you’ll review basic sentence construction, including how to develop sentences that are logical, clear, and powerful – the basis of any sound business document. The course examines the parts of a sentence – the subject and predicate, for example – and distinguishes between phrases and clauses. It shows the importance of subject-verb agreement, as well as agreement between pronouns and their antecedents. You’ll also find out how to identify and fix some of the most common types of sentence errors.


Building Strong Sentences

  • recognize the parts of a sentence
  • identify phrases and clauses in given sentences
  • recognize sentences that have the correct subject-verb agreement
  • identify examples of pronouns and antecedents that agree in person, number, and gender
  • identify ways to fix sentence fragments
  • recognize how to fix comma splices and run-on sentences
  • identify the sentences with misplaced or dangling modifiers
  • use sentence elements correctly to build grammatically correct sentences





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