Most people have trouble writing effective sentences. Most just find no enjoyment in writing, because they don’t want to wrack their brains to come up with grammatically correct sentences. How do you write an effective and good sentence? Your overall aim would be to come up with sentences that are easy to read, organized well and clearly convey to the average reader what the sentence is all about.
- First and foremost, you would need to study the basic structure of the sentence. A sentence has two parts: a subject (what/who is talked about) and a predicate (follows the subject and indicates what the subject does, is going to do, where the subject is, etc.). Brush up on the types of clauses: independent clause, relative clause and dependent clause.
- Secondly, study grammar, grammatical sentence structures, adjective, phrases and the rules on sentences, tenses in verbs and so on. You need to arm yourself with this knowledge to be able to write good sentences. Learn about sentence construction and all the basics that you might have already learned in your English class way back in elementary school. Just brush up on your sentence construction and sentence building skills.
- Thirdly, be sure that you are knowledgeable about what you are writing. Knowledge is power, and the more you know about a particular subject, the better you can expound to your readers about your subject and what you want to convey. Write as if you are talking to your readers, and it wouldn’t hurt if you put yourself in your readers’ shoes so that you can write better and be more reader-friendly. State facts if needed. Be concrete in writing your sentences. Research can arm you with the necessary information that you might need in writing your sentences. Be well read!
- Fourth, keep it short and sweet. Your sentences need not beat around the bush. A straightforward sentence conveying exact information or sentiment is better than a sentence that hides itself in flowery words or extenders.
- Fifth, you should use familiar words. Strive to keep it very simple and not complex, because your readers might not understand what you are trying to convey. Complex words might just confuse your readers and not convey what you wish to express with your writing.
- And lastly, after you have written all that you want to write, review your work. Read it to yourself aloud or even silently, and discover what mistakes you made in sentence construction like tenses, adjectives, etc., then revise your work. Reviewing your work will give you the chance to revise it as you see fit, make better sentences, use better words and will give you a better quality of work. Don’t forget to practice and practice.
Studying sentence structure is very basic but very important in writing the right kinds of sentences. It is never too late to learn. If you have already studied them before, then now might be a good chance to brush up on your knowledge. Trust me, you will be all the better for it.