Created by Laurie Miller

Basic English Grammar & Punctuation Rules

Work your way through these presentations to gain an understanding of basic sentence structures in English. The first presentation, Clause vs Phrase, gives a basic overview of sentence elements (parts of speech) and then explains the difference between a clause and a phrase. Then move on to clause types to understand how two or more ideas in a sentence are related to one another...and to impress your English teacher with your know of independent and dependent clauses. If you need to know about sentence types, simple, compound, complex & compound-complex, then the third presentation is what you want. End with the fourth presentation for a concise explanation of punctuation -- how to correctly join clauses and phrases with punctuation so that you can avoid writing sentence fragments & fused sentences (run-ons and comma splices).