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Word order in sentences
The order of words in an English sentence is very important and it's called syntax.
When it comes to English syntax, there are some rules to follow. Don't worry, it's not as hard as it seems. Always remember to start with a subject!
Study the following rules on word order in English sentences and test yourself!
Table of contents of this lesson: Word order in sentences
The normal word order for statements:
- subject + verb phrase
Kate is working.
- subject + verb phrase + direct object
I am writing a letter.
- subject + verb phrase + adverb
She runs fast.
- subject + verb phrase + direct object + adverb
She bakes a chocolate cake every Sunday.
In negative statements the basic word order is the same, but we add NOT after an auxiliary or a modal verb:
- I am not sleeping.
- She can't sing.
- They didn't help me.
Word order worksheet
Now that you know everything about English word order, it's time to practice!
Test your abilities and learn how to form an English sentence!
You can download the worksheet below: