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Types of Sentences Written by tutor Nevin B. There are four types of sentences that are used in writing - declarative, exclamatory, imperative and interrogative. Each type is used in a specific situation and each has its own punctuation mark. Declarative Declarative sentences make a statement and they are punctuated by a period. Some examples include: I went to the store... read more

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Subject and Predicate Written by tutor Charlotte C. Understanding Subject and Predicate is the key to good sentence writing. The subject of a complete sentence is who or what the sentence is about, and the predicate tells about that subject. The dog ran. The dog is the subject of the sentence, because the sentence is telling something about that dog. And what is it telling... read more

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Teaching Gerunds and Infinitives to ESL Students Written by tutor Patricia M. Probably one of the most difficult concepts an ESL student has to understand and apply when learning the English language is that of the gerund. Many languages, particularly the Romance Languages (French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Romanian, all national languages) have the infinitive forms of their... read more

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Fragments and Run-on Sentences Written by tutor Allia S. Run-on sentences and fragments are the most common sentence errors for students who are learning how to construct sentences and how to combine sentences in English. See combining sentences for more information. Run-on Sentence A run-on sentence is a sentence with two independent clauses that have been combined incorrectly... read more

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Combining Sentences Written by tutor Allia S. The ability to combine sentences correctly is a key step to expressing an individual's ideas and heading towards a better understanding and utilization of the English language. With that said, many ESL students face difficulties when understanding the “rules” of sentence combining. I understand the pieces but how can I put a sentence together... read more