Masterful authors learn to vary the structure of their sentences to create a sense of rhythm and it helps keep readers engaged.

How we arrange the different elements in a sentence is referred to as the sentence structure. Two sentences can say the same exact thing but be arranged in a way that it is not recognizable, unless you were looking for it. There is a number of reasons that authors mix up their sentence structure, in most cases, it centers around the fact that you are repeating a subject or making repeated statements. If we present that the same way over and over, it could lull your readers to sleep.

There are three common situations where an author will decide they need a change in sentence structure. The easiest one to spot is a need to vary the use of a subject or the need to mix up your word choice. I find that teachers use the word “education” way too much in their writing. This is something I note in my own writing. Another telltale sign that your sentence needs some smoothing is sentence length. Try not overuse lengthy or short sentences, they will either seem bloated or too simple. It is a good practice to vary your sentence length when writing. The toughest pattern to spot in your writing, because it takes time to analyze, is the repeated use of the same sentence type. Are you repeatedly using simple, compound, or complex sentences? These worksheets will help you learn to diagnose your sentence writing and the work of others.

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Printable Sentence Structure Worksheets

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Basic Features of Sentences

Read each group of words below. Is it a sentence or a fragment? Write S (for sentence) of F (for fragment) on the line.

Clauses and Sentence Structure

There are four kinds of sentence structures: simple, compound, complex, and compound complex. They are all created by using only two kinds of clauses: independent clauses and subordinate (dependent) clauses.

Creating Compound Sentences

A compound sentence contains two or more related simple sentences joined by a conjunction. A conjunction is a word like and, as, for, yet or but that connects words or groups of words. A comma is used before a conjunction.

Writing Sentences

Each sentence below is either simple, compound, complex, or compound complex. Read each sentence. Then, below it, write a sentence that is similar in structure.

Phrases and Clauses in Determining Sentence Structure

Read each sentence. Is the underlined group of words a phrase or a clause? Write your answer on the line. As you go along, circle the complex sentences.

Simple Sentences: Building Blocks

Match each subject to the correct predicate. Write the sentences below.

Unscramble Word Clusters

Unscramble the word clusters. Write the sentences.

Types of Sentences

Identify whether each sentence is simple, compound, complex, or compound complex. Write your answer on the line.

Simple Sentences

A simple sentence contains one independent clause and no subordinate clauses. A simple sentence can contain a compound subject, a compound verb, and any number of phrases.

Compound Sentences

Read each of the following compound sentences. Identify the subjects, the verbs, and the coordinating conjunction.

Complex Sentences

Read each of the following complex sentences. Identify the subject(s) and the verb(s).

Compound Complex Sentences

Read each of the following compound complex sentences. Identify the subject(s) and the verb(s).

Independent and Subordinate Clauses

For each sentence below, underline each clause. Underneath each clause, write whether it is an independent or subordinate clause. Circle the compound sentence.

Sentence Structure

Write a compound sentence with two independent clauses, joined by a comma and a coordinating conjunction.

Types of Sentences

Read each sentence below. Identify whether it is simple, compound, complex, or compound complex.