English: skills for learning
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Week 8: Structuring sentences and word groups


As you have seen in previous weeks, to express their ideas clearly, academic writers use language in a structured way. So far, you have looked at the overall structure of academic and formal texts and, in particular, essays. You have seen that these texts are organised in paragraphs and that paragraphs are composed of sentences.

This week you will focus on the way writers communicate their ideas through sentences and smaller units of language called word groups. You will also learn how punctuation is used to help writers to organise sentences and increase their clarity.

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By the end of this week, you will be able to:

  • distinguish between units of language
  • use noun and verb groups
  • structure sentences
  • use punctuation.

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