Getting a Firmer Handle on Word Order

In an effort to help an advanced student avoid awkward wording, I’ve been reviewing standard word order in our lessons. Some rules have been easy to state and reinforce, like putting the subject before the verb in statements and embedded questions. Other patterns are easier to recall only in the process of correcting a student’s writing.

If you need to help upper level students review word order in English, please consider my word-order_handout. I found it useful as a teacher to compile the list of guidelines. Short exercises challenge students to apply the rules. Review is good for everyone!


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