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Chapter 4. Grammar skills > Levels of grammatical organization

Levels of grammatical organization

To write clearly, you must first understand the different levels of grammatical organization. Words, which consist of roots and affixes, are the base level. The words then group together at the second level to make phrases, with phrases grouping together to form clauses. Finally, clauses combine to form sentences. Understanding these various levels and organizing them into acceptable patterns enables you to write clear, effective documents.

In addition, you must realize that there are rules that express patterns in the English language. For example, the rule, “Adjectives precede the nouns they modify,” is not followed correctly in the sentence “I bought the car yellow.” We might take this rule for granted, but these rules are crucial when trying to write clearly.


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