Syntax refers to how a sentence is formed. A strong sentence contains a subject, a verb, and an object.
Note: Creative writers often play around with syntax to make a sentence more lyrical, or to give it rhythm.
Correct: We will go to grandmother's house.
Explanation: The incorrect statement does not follow subject, verb, object agreement. It starts with the subject, then goes to the object and lastly, the verb.
Correct: The girl drove her car to school.
Explanation: The correct statement sounds smoother and follows the subject, verb, object agreement.
Incorrect: The bone was chewed by the dog.
Correct: The dog chewed on the bone.
Explanation: The first sentence is passive and long-winded. Rearranging the sentence to follow subject, verb, object agreement achieves clarity.
A subject refers to who or what is performing the action in the sentence.
A verb expresses the action.
The object is whoever or whatever is being acted upon.
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