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Introduction to Sentence Structure

Introduction - Modules 1 & 2

Proper punctuation and sentence structure are necessary for conveying information clearly.

Read the paragraph on the following page carefully.

This paragraph is an example where there are problems with punctuation and sentence structure making it difficult to understand.

Introduction - Modules 1 & 2

The legend of Atlantis has stirred the imagination of many people. Over the years. Which has led many investigators to explore the question. Of whether Atlantis did exist. Some have theorized that it is just a legend other people think it actually existed; in the past. There have been various ideas about whether an actual event formed the basis for the legend some say it was actually a small continent in the Atlantic Ocean just past the Straits of Gibraltar it was formed others say from the destruction of a civilization in Mediterranean Sea from a tsunami from a volcano causing an earthquake. The great Minoan civilization; a terrible disaster.  Which was catastrophic. The basis for the legend of the lost continent of Atlantis. All in all people may be wondering. For a long time. Which is the problem with a lot of information. Lost in history.

Introduction - Modules 1 & 2

On the next page is the paragraph properly punctuated with complete sentences.

See how much easier it is to understand.

This shows how important it is to learn how to write with grammatical sentences.

Introduction - Modules 1 & 2

The legend of Atlantis has stirred the imagination of many people over the years. This has led investigators to explore the question of whether Atlantis did exist. Some have theorized that Atlantis is just a legend. Others think Atlantis actually existed in the past. There have been various ideas about whether an actual event formed the basis for the legend. Some say Atlantis was actually a small continent in the Atlantic Ocean just west of the Straits of Gibraltar. The legend was formed, others say, from the destruction of a civilization in Mediterranean Sea from a tsunami which was caused by an earthquake following a volcanic eruption. The great Minoan civilization was thus destroyed in this terrible disaster, and this catastrophe formed the basis for the legend of the lost continent of Atlantis. All in all, people may be wondering for a long time. This is the problem with a lot of information lost in history.

Introduction - Modules 1 & 2

Module 1 reviews the parts of a sentence and how to distinguish sentences from fragments.

In Module 2, we will learn more about sentence structure in reviewing run-ons and comma splices (a form of a run-on) and parallelism.

Let's start with learning the parts of a sentence and to identify a fragment.