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Recognize Correctly Formed Sentences

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In your reading, pay attention to the parts of speech and how they agree in well-formed sentences, notice modifying words and phrases and how they function when used correctly, and note the relationships between phrases and clauses in well-formed sentences. In your own writing, make sure that subjects agree in number with their associated verbs and that main verbs are used to construct complete sentences; that pronouns agree in number, gender, and person with their logical antecedents; and that verb forms are used consistently and logically. Be sure to use correctly formed modifying words, and make sure that modifying words and phrases are placed correctly to show logical modification. Use proper subordination and coordination to join ideas and to form complete sentences.

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