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Out now – Word Order in English Sentences 2nd Edition!

word order bookThe updated version of Word Order in English Sentences is now available in eBook and, for the first time, print form. Through extensive editing, and feedback from my readers, this new edition is over twice the size of the original – and looks a lot nicer!

The 1st Edition of the book was a brief introduction to sentence structure that covered the basics of some sentence components. I’ve built on it covering many more of the building blocks of a sentence – making the 2nd edition a more comprehensive guide to understanding how words fit together in English. It remains an introduction, but a much more solid one.

The full contents of the guide now cover:

  • Basic sentence structure (subject-verb-object and beyond)
  • Question forms
  • Negative forms
  • Verb phrases (now including phrasal verbs, transitives and intransitives, and combinations of verbs)
  • Noun phrases (now including compound nouns, noun complements and embedded questions as noun phrases)
  • Adjectives (now including adjectives in unusual positions)
  • Adverbs
  • Prepositions
  • Sentences with multiple clauses (including simple, complex and compound sentences)

The book also includes 16 exercises to test knowledge through re-ordering scrambled sentences. The book will give you a solid basis for understanding how an English sentence fits together, and how one word relates to another – which is the first step towards understanding how sentences can then bend the rules.

Regular readers of this blog may recognise many of the lessons contained in the book – now you can own the material in one easy to use reference guide. The book is available in various electronic forms, including in PDF from the shop here. Meanwhile the print form is designed in a style that matches The English Tenses Practical Grammar Guide (so they’ll look good on a shelf together!).

Where are prepositions placed in English sentences?

prepositions word orderHow can we define the rules for placing a preposition in a sentence? Before a noun? After a verb? One of the additions to the second edition of Word Order in English Sentences is a guide to prepositions. Though they are often connected to other parts of a sentence, such as noun phrases, and often have specific or flexible rules, like adverbs, prepositions have some general rules that can help with understanding how they fit into a sentence, explained in detail below. Continue reading

Coming this February – the expanded Word Order guide

word order bookMembers of my mailing list will already be aware that I have been working on a long-overdue update to Word Order in English Sentences – and with the help of my readers it is now almost ready for publication. This February I will be releasing the 2nd Edition of Word Order in English Sentences with greatly expanded content and a much more professional edit.

The 1st Edition of the book was a short eBook I originally produced as a piece of bonus material for my subscribers. It proved popular enough to keep selling, but as an early piece of work, I was never happy with the standard of the book, or the level of detail it covered. The basic original guide has therefore been given an overhaul, with the new version expanded from 47 pages to over 100 – and it will now also be available, for the first time, in print form!

The new contents include:

  • Expanded verb phrases structures, including introductions to tenses, transitive and intransitive verbs, and connecting verbs to locations, other verbs and clauses
  • Expanded noun phrase structures, including a detailed look at compound nouns, noun complements and embedded questions as noun objects
  • Expanded adjective rules, including adjectives after nouns and verbs
  • New chapter on Prepositions, discussing where they come in questions, passive structures, relative clauses and in relation to infinitives
  • New chapter on sentences with multiple clauses, including simple, complex and compound sentences
  • New chapter on flexible word order and sentence structure, introducing ideas for creating different forms from the same sentence

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with some of the new content added to the book. It is a massive improvement on the original – so look out for it in February (and be sure to join the mailing list to be the first to hear of its release!). If you would like to review the book for your website, or on Amazon, or would like to recommend review sites to me, do let me know.

 

2 Quick Exercises to Practice Rewriting Sentences

rewriting sentences exercisesHere are 2 new exercises to help practice some of the lessons given in my article on the various methods that can be used to rewrite English sentences. These exercises involve rewriting given sentences based on a specific component or rule – and it combines a large number of different methods. I have written these as a part of the upcoming, expanded version of Word Order in English Sentences, to help further develop understanding of sentence structure. There are many ways to do this, with suggested answers at the bottom of the page. Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions! Continue reading

Basic Sentence Order in English

word order in english sentencesTaken from my guide to sentence structure and word order, Word Order in English Sentences, here is a brief introduction to basic sentence structure in English.

Sentences in English stick to a standard general order, that is simply explained as:

(1) Subject (2) Verb (3) Object

These general groups of words can be a single word each, or entire phrases. This is especially true for the object part of the sentence structure, which can represent any complement to the verb, or additional information. Continue reading

Unusual adjective positions that don’t stick to the rules

unusual adjective positionsThe general rules for adjective word order are usually understood as most adjectives coming before the noun they describe, with a few exceptions that follow linking verbs, such as to be (when adjectives come after a verb or object). However, as with everything in English, there are many more exceptions to the usual rules, and there is a variety of situations where adjectives commonly follow nouns, pronouns and verbs. Continue reading

Word order for compound nouns

compound noun word orderNouns can be combined with many different words to form compound nouns, the core noun is modified as though with an adjective. Compound nouns are treated like a single unit, so the entire group of words take the position of a regular noun, and any modifiers come before or after the whole compound noun.

  • I danced with the Prime Minister’s daughter.
  • The Prime Minister’s daughter is not a good dancer.

However, more consideration must be given to how compound nouns are formed, and the word order within these structures.

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How to rewrite English sentences using word order

how to rewrite sentences word orderWhen you have a good understanding of the fundamentals of English word order, English sentences can become very flexible. Longer sentences may be arranged in a large number of ways, and many of the rules can be bent. This is useful if you want to add variety or emphasis to your writing (and it can also be useful if you simply want to restate something in a different way – which is always important to students writing essays!). In this article, I will use an example to break down some of the ways in which you can rearrange a sentence in English. Continue reading

Exercises to test the uses of “even”

even exercisesThe following exercises will test your use of ‘even’ in sentences. First, this will practice your use of word order – remember that even is used as an adverb, so it follows adverb word order rules. Usually, it comes before the word that it is changing, so try to place it next to the word that seems unexpected or surprising (or requires a particular emphasis) in a sentence.

The second exercise practises the differences between even, even if, even though, even when and even so – these usually cannot be used in exactly the same way, so check their specific uses in the article about uses of even! Continue reading