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A sentence is "a group of words, usually containing a verb, which expresses a thought in the form of a statement, question, instruction or exclamation and starts with a capital letter when written" (Cambridge University Press, n.d., para. 1).

A well-crafted sentence is clear, concise, easy to understand, and contains all the necessary information to express the desired thought. Please see the items listed under Sentence Elements to learn more about constructing sentences. See Sentence Errors to learn about common mistakes. Finally, see Parallel Structure for information on constructing sentences with patterns that will help readers understand meaning.

Commas, Semicolons, and Colons (Video in Punctuation that provides information on sentence clauses)
Concise Writing
Improving Sentence Clarity (From the OWL at Purdue)
Parallel Structure

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Cambridge University Press. (n.d.). Sentence. Cambridge dictionary. Retrieved February 24, 2021, from