Awkward Sentences

August 22nd, 2019 in Grammar by April Michelle Davis 0

Usually people can recognize an awkward sentence when they read it or hear it aloud. But what exactly makes it awkward can be hard to identify. Some of the below issues might be the cause, so when you are writing avoid as many as possible.

Unnecessary dependent clauses—Eliminate that is, which is, that are, and which are clauses.

Extraneous verb phrases—Delete verb phrases that do not add meaning, like is able to.

Subject too far from the verb—Keep the subject of the sentence close to its verb.

Redundancy—Remove repetitious words.


For example:

The school that the girl is able to walk to has teachers that are smart and wise.

If we follow the above rules, our final sentence could be:

The girl walks to a school containing smart teachers.