Construction of English: Phrases, Clauses, Sentences and Paragraphs

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Once we know the nine parts of speech, we can successfully construct phrases, clauses, sentences and paragraphs. If we can’t identify the subject, verb/s and predicate or distinguish a statement from a question, how can we write eloquently by manipulating the elements of English? Come and discover easy ways to solve the common problems that professional writers and editors encounter, by systematically studying each element of English and completing four exercises.

Please bring a blue, red and green pen; a pencil; an eraser; and ruled paper.


  • Making ‘peace’ or ‘war’ with the reader. The standard marks used in hard-copy editing
  • Subject, verb/s and predicate
  • A summary of the four elements used to construct English, and a summary of the common problems and solutions
  • Phrases
  • Clauses
  • Sentences
  • Paragraphs
  • Composing a short paragraph
  • Exercises for practising how to write effective phrases, clauses, sentences and paragraphs and for understanding those four ‘construction of English’ elements

By the end of this course, students should be able to do as follows:

  1. Identify the subject, verb/s and predicate in any clause or sentence.
  2. Identify and manipulate phrases, clauses and sentences.
  3. Recognise and draft a good paragraph.
  4. Quickly apply easy ways to solve common problems that professional writers and editors encounter.