Editing tip: Use consistent grammatical structures in your sentences

English Edit

A common mistake that people often make in writing is forgetting to use the same grammatical structures throughout their sentences.

Look at the following:

“A good student likes reading, to study and working hard.”

The sentence is awkward because different verb forms are used.

“A good student likes reading (gerund), to study (infinitive) and working (gerund) hard.”

To make the sentence easier to read, simply use the same verb forms.

                “A good student likes reading, studying and working hard.”

Before you hand in your final paper, go back and check your sentences for balance in grammatical structures. This will make your ideas more comprehensible and your paper more readable.

If you need your English documents edited or your English questions answered, email me at peter@englisheditservice.com.

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