Common Errors in Student Writing
Sentence Patterns in English
Every sentence in English must have a subject and a verb.
You can add different sentence parts to expand the basic sentence:
The lesson ended late.
The lesson ended later than we expected.
The lesson ended when the bell rang.
When the lesson ended, we left.
The music lesson ended early.
The musician played the entire piece.
Subjects and Verbs
The subject of a sentence must agree in number with the verb. This is called Subject-Verb agreement. An “s” on the verb means it is singular. No “s” on the verb means it is plural.
He plays well.
The orchestra practices each evening.
They practice after dinner.
Nouns name a person, place, or thing. Singular nouns do NOT have an “s.” Plural nouns DO have an “s.”
Every sentence in English must have a period (.) You can also use an exclamation point (!) or a semi-colon (;) where appropriate. Questions must end with a question mark (?).
John’s rendition of Mozart’s Concerto was exquisite.
What an exquisite rendition of Mozart’s Concerto!
John’s rendition of Mozart’s Concerto was exquisite; he should consider making a recording of the piece.
Who played Mozart’s Concerto?