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Academic Writing Resources

Sentence Structure

Creating a good sentence is essential to communicating your ideas to your reader. Here are some guidelines on writing good sentences and the common problems with sentence structure:


For an explanation of the rules surrounding parallelism, see:

For an explanation of the difference between active and passive voice and when/how to use them, see:

Below you will find various exercises to help you practice active and passive voice. All exercises either give you feedback and corrections or include the correct answers below. You can also find additional explanations of the rules surrounding active and passive voice which may be useful:

Punctuation & Sentence Structure

For an explanation of punctuation and sentence structure, see:


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