5 tips to make constructing English sentences easy

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English grammar can often seem strange. We have so many rules for making sentences and almost as many exceptions to those rules. On a basic level, though, most English sentences follow a similar structure. Follow these five tips to make constructing English sentences easy.

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  1. Get the words in the right order. The most common order for parts of a sentence is: subject, verb, object (if present).

Steve kicked the ball.

In this sentence, the subject is ‘Steve’, the verb is ‘kicked’ and the object is ‘the ball’. To help you remember this structure, try making an example with someone you know well as the subject and something they do often for the verb and object.

  1. Parts of speech aren’t always just one word. A subject, verb, or object is sometimes made up of several words so make sure you look at the structure of a whole sentence rather than just individual words if you want to get it right.

People who practice a lot get higher scores.

In this sentence, the subject is ‘people who practice a lot’. We can call a subject made of several words a ‘subject phrase’ or ‘predicate’.

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  1. There are two types of object. Sometimes you will see sentences with two objects. If that’s the case, we split them into two types:

Direct – the object with which the subject has a direct connection.

Indirect – the object with a weaker connection to the subject.

I bought some flowers for my mother.

In this sentence, ‘flowers’ is a direct object and ‘my mother’ is an indirect object. The indirect has a preposition before it if we want to use it at the end of the

sentence.

I bought my mother some flowers.

In this sentence the direct and indirect objects are in a different order. When the direct comes last, we don’t need to use a preposition.

  1. Compound sentences follow the same structure but do it twice. A compound sentence is one made of two clauses (sections). In this case, the sentence uses a conjunction to join two halves of the sentence, each of which has the same structure.

I cooked dinner and my father bought some drinks.

Subject Verb Object + Subject Verb Object

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  1. Learn the exceptions to the rules. There are some sentence structures, for example, the passive voice, that work slightly differently. Once you are comfortable with declarative sentences, take some time to explore other sentence structures as they will give you language more variety and are a fun challenge to learn.

So, now you have some tips on how to make English sentences easily, have a go yourself in the comments section below. If you know any exceptions to the rules, share them with the other readers.

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16 comments

  1. sir,
    I am weak in English specially in speaking and writing. I am trying to increase my vocabulary and i do find words but i don’t understand whether how can i form a sentence using those words.
    so please help me to overcome this trouble.

    thank you

  2. Hey Wil! I teach in Thailand and really like this post. There’s one typo! I’m not being facetious!
    ‘as they will give youR language more variety and are a fun challenge to learn.’
    thankyou!
    p.s Thai is a strange language to try and learn – but maybe chinese is more widely used!!

  3. I need more sentences including the prefix “In This Life” such as:

    In This Life, You have to watch every step You’ll Make

    1. In This Life, You have to watch every step You’ll Make
      I need help building more sentences like that

  4. Thanks Wil, I had just learned new hints from your five tips, hope i’ll improve my writing skills.

  5. this is really helpful. thank you, sir. I had doubts for a long time. today that doubt is clear. again thanks……

  6. i really do .. to learn more about in writing , speaking and constructing english sentence,, this gave me a great confidence to speak in front of many people for my upcoming pageant, thank you so much for elevating my vocabulary ..its a greatful thing to have this instrument..

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