Have you ever found yourself disappointed when getting bad writing scores over and over again? Have you ever tried to find a way to better your writing style but only come up with sadness?
One of the biggest mistakes, when students write an English essay is that some overuse complicated sentence structures while others write in such a bland and simple way that make readers feel bored. So what is the tip for writing good sentences in your essays? As you all know that grammar and vocabulary plays a crucial role in writing. Some sentences are simple to understand, and some others are complex. It is essential to know the differences between the two and to make proper use of it. Below are 20 useful sentence structures that you can apply in your essays to get better English writing scores. Let’s discover with Learn English Fun Way!
20 Useful Structures Help You Write Better Essays
- So + adj + be + S + that clause
So + adv + auxiliary verb + S + main verb + O + that clause
This sentence structure is used to describe a phenomenon, or an incident happening at a proper level that can cause the corresponding result or consequence.
So terrible was the storm that a lot of houses were swept away. (Because the storm happened too terribly, a lot of houses were swept away)
So beautifully did he play the guitar that all the audience appreciated him. (Because he played the guitar so beautifully, all the audience appreciated him)
- Then comes/come + S, as + clause.
The word “then” in this structure means “afterwards, finally, at a later time”. This word is used to point out that something eventually happens as the natural outcome of a process, or to present the ultimate outcome of an action that has occurred.
Then came a divorce, as they kept arguing with each other. (The divorce came as a natural and foreseeable outcome of their continuous arguments).
- May + S + verb..
This structure is used for you to express a wish, a suggestion or an apology for something, etc.
May I apologize at once for the misspelling of your surname in the letter from my assistant, Miss Dowdy
(I feel so sorry for the misspelling of your surname in the letter from my assistant, Miss Dowdy )
May you all have happiness and luck. (I wish you luck and happiness)
- It is no + comparative adj + than + V-ing
This means “V-ing + is + superlative adj”
For me, it is no more difficult than saying “I love you”. (For me, saying “I love you” is the most difficult.)
- S + V + far more + O1+ than + O2
To describe something happens more often or affect more seriously with this object than with that object.
The material world greatly influences far more young people than old people. (More young people are influenced by the material world than old people).
In many countries, far more teenager than adults gets infected with HIV. (More teenagers are infected with HIV than adults)
- S + love/like/wish + nothing more than to be + adj/past participle
This describes how someone desires/ wants to become. This sentence structure is used to emphasize one’s hope, wishes, or hobbies.
We wish nothing more than to be equally respected. (We are longing for being equally respected).
- There (not) appear to be + N = There (not) seem to be + N
This sentence structure is meant to give the impression of there being something
There didn’t appear to be anything in the museum. (There seemed to be nothing in the museum).
- S + is/are + the same + as + S + was/were
This structure is used to compare similarities between two things, two people or two groups of people at different times.
My daughter is the same as her mother was 35 years ago when she was my classmate at Harvard University.( My daughter looks like her mother 35 years ago)
She is the same as she was. (She has nothing changed).
- It is (not always) thought + adj + Noun phrase
The structure is used to give the opinion or attitude of the society, the community or many people on a certain issue. In addition to “thought,” you can also use other words such as ” believed, hoped, etc.”
It is not always thought essential that Miss World must have the great appearance.
(People don’t always think that Miss World needs to have the great appearance).
- As + V-ed/V-pp/can be seen, S + V…
This structure is used when you want to repeat or recall the ideas presented or mentioned earlier with the reader or the listener.
As spoken above, we are short of capital. (Like what I have said, we are short of capital).
As can be seen, a new school is going to be built on this site.
- S + point(s)/ pointed out (to s.b) + that clause
Point out (phrasal verb): to mention something in order to give somebody information about it or make them notice it.
This sentence structure is used when you want to give your opinion or comment on something.
She points out that he was wrong (She thinks that he was wrong).
- It is/was evident to someone + that clause
This means it is easy and obvious for someone to realize or see something.
It was evident to them that someone gave him a hand to finish it. (They could easily realize that someone gave him a hand to finish it.)
- To prevent + someone/ something +from V-ing
This structure is another formal way to say when you want to stop somebody from doing something; to stop something from happening
Every effort has been made by the government to prevent Coronavirus disease from spreading.
- N + Is + what + something + is all about
This structure is used to refer to the primary purpose of something or the main result that something brings about.
Entertainment is what football is all about. (Football aims at entertaining people.)
- S + be (just) + what + S + V…
This structure is used to emphasize a problem or an event that someone cares about, something that he or she really wants to do or a person that he or she loves.
It was just what I wanted. (I really wanted it)
You are what God brings into my life. (I love you deeply and I appreciate your presence in my life).
- V-ing +sth + be + adj – if not impossible
This structure is used when we want to describe actions that have a low chance of success.
Adjectives here often are “difficult, hard, dangerous, adventurous, etc.”
Traveling alone into a jungle is adventurous – if not impossible. (It is too adventurous to travel alone into a jungle. It may even be an impossible task).
- There + be + no + N + nor + N
This structure is used when you want to emphasize there is nothing
There is no food nor water. (We do not have any food and water).
- There isn’t/wasn’t time (for someone) to V
This structure means you do not have enough time to do something
There wasn’t time for me to identify what it was (I did not have enough time to identify what it was).
- S+ may + put on a +adj + front but inside + S + be + adj.
This means that outwardly someone may look like this, but internally, they have opposite opinions or different states.
You may put on a brave front but inside you are fearful and anxious. (You looks brave, but actually you are fearful and anxious inside).
- S + see oneself + V-ing
This sentence structure is used to describe when someone has a chance to enjoy something or do something.
You can see yourself riding a cable-car in San Francisco. (You may have a chance of riding a cable-car in San Francisco in the future)
I hope these interesting English structures can help you write complicated sentences and better your essays.
When you are practicing a writing test, try to think of what you want to say in simple sentences and then think of how these might be linked into complex sentences. After enough practice, you will get used to paraphrase your sentences in different ways, and your writing will improve by leaps and bounds.
Thank you for reading, and see you in the next writing!