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How to Use the Comma – Part 1: Conjunctions

How to Use the Comma

Part 1: Conjunctions (and, but, etc.)

Writing complex sentences with proper structuring and grammar tools—this is a sentence fragment because it does not have a complete independent clause. Unlike the run-on sentence, which has two or more clauses improperly joined or separated, the sentence fragment or incomplete sentence is lacking essential components. In this essay, we will look at how to recognize an incomplete sentence and how to fix one. Don’t lose points in your IELTS or TOEFL writing section for this simple error. This will cost you points in both the grammar category and the cohesion category.

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What Is a Sentence Fragment?

IELTS / TOEFL Writing & Grammar Skills

What Is a Sentence Fragment?

Writing complex sentences with proper structuring and grammar tools—this is a sentence fragment because it does not have a complete independent clause. Unlike the run-on sentence, which has two or more clauses improperly joined or separated, the sentence fragment or incomplete sentence is lacking essential components. In this essay, we will look at how to recognize an incomplete sentence and how to fix one. Don’t lose points in your IELTS or TOEFL writing section for this simple error. This will cost you points in both the grammar category and the cohesion category.

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What Is a Run-on Sentence?

IELTS / TOEFL Writing and Grammar

What Is a Run-on Sentence?

A very common error many writers make, both native and non-native English users do this, is the run-on sentence. On the IELTS or TOEFL exams, this error can hurt your score in both the grammar and the cohesion & coherence categories. While many people think a run-on sentence is just a very long sentence, this is not the case. In this video, we look at how to recognize this mistake and how to fix it using a period, a coordinating conjunction, or a semicolon.
By the way, the first sentence above is a run-on sentence. To fix it, place the middle independent clause in parentheses ().

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Essential Grammar — Phrase Types

Essential Grammar — Phrase Types

(IELTS Reading & Writing)

Sentences have two essential components: clauses and modifiers (phrases). In this video, we begin to look at the fundamental aspects of a sentence by understanding the phrases that are available in your toolbox. In order to get a high band score on the IELTS exam and other English tests, you will need to construct and analyze complex sentences in the Writing and Reading sections, respectively. By recognizing phrases and knowing how to manipulate their functions, you can create effective sentences to convey a clear meaning.

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