The way the words are ordered matters when it comes to successfully reading and writing English.

This is normally referred to as syntax.

Syntax relates to the way the order of the words in a sentence appear.

In English we say, ‘Astro ate a bone.’

We wouldn’t say, ‘The bone Astro ate’ or ‘The bone ated Astro.’

All sentences are made up of two elements which are called the subject and the predicate.

In the example above, the subject (Astro) comes first followed by the predicate (what Astro did).

The predicate always contains the verb; the subject the noun.

Understanding syntax can affect the fluency of how a child writes

As a child grows he or she is expected to create more complex sentences.

It is imperative they make it clear what the subject is doing and you get the words in the correct order.

One way to check your work is to read it out loud. This way, you’ll be able to hear whether you have got it right.

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How do these sentences sound?

The dogs jumped and skipped out of the yard and down the street.

Into the yard, the dogs jumped and skipped.

Onto the street, the dogs jumped and skipped out of the yard.

The last one doesn’t sound right, does it?

We know it makes sense, but the order of the words is not correct.

Learning the correct syntax in English can take years of practise. The best way to learn is to read your work out loud and practise each day. Then your written skills will improve vastly.


These helpful hints came from Susan Day’s Educational site – click here for more details


Word order matters in English writing
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