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Studies in the Learning of English Expression: IV. Sentence Structure


by Helen Fern Daringer & Percival M. Symonds 1930

SENTENCE structure in a language is a key to the logic and structure of thinking, inasmuch as the sentence is the smallest complete unit of thought.1 Growth in the power to form complete, concise, balanced, consistent sentences is an index of the growth in clear and accurate thinking. The present article records the result of a detailed analysis of errors in sentence structure in compositions selected from composition scales so arranged as to show the improvement in sentence structure as one passes to writing of better quality. The error key, with a few changes and additions, was taken from Willing's Valid Diagnosis in High School Composition. The analysis of sentence structure was of necessity more subjective than the analysis for some of the more mechanical details of composition, but the point of view is consistent throughout, so that changes from one level of composition writing to another level represent real changes.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 32 Number 1, 1930, p. 50-64
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 7085, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 11:06:30 AM

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