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Yes, it makes sense to know sentence structure since a blog or an article is made of sentences - only when you can make sentences can you compose a piece of writing. 

Indeed, there are just 4 types of sentences: simple sentence, compound sentence, complex sentence, compound-complex sentence. For example:

1. Expector is a doctor. (simple sentence)

2. Expector is a doctor and he loves English. (compound sentence)

3. Expector, who is a doctor, is also a moderator of MyEC. (complex sentence)

4. Expector is a doctor and he is also a moderator of MyEC, where you can write blogs. (compound-complex sentence)

There are a large number of coordinating, subordinating conjunctions and relative pronouns that you can use to make a compound, complex or a compound-complex sentence. It's a good idea to use different kinds of sentences in your writing, which means you should vary your sentences.  

An example paragraph by Expector

Some members may argue that we shouldn't keep challenging our members to write. They think what really matters is what or how well our members write, not how many they can write. That is, quality is preferred to quantity. I wonder, however, whether they agree there is not a shortcut and more practice is necessary for anyone to excel at writing. Only when our members begin to write can they recognize that knowing all the grammar rules doesn't mean they can write skillfully. Besides, taking part in a writing or blog challenge makes it possible for others to read or even correct our members' blogs, from which they will benefit.

Sorry I used only the structure 'complex sentence' - please read a better example paragraph in the comments below. 

Why not give it a try - I'll correct you if you really mean 'correct me' by 'correction'!

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Comment by Expector Smith on May 6, 2017 at 12:37

Hi Fata,

Thanks for the comment. You could write a blog by using different structures. You must have read all the commnets below - I hope they will help you impove your writing skills.

Keep it up!

Comment by Fata Morgana on May 6, 2017 at 4:05
It is interesting to give a try. I learned these long ago but I never tried to pay attention while writing. I will definitely try to write something. Thanks for inspiration Smith.

Comment by Expector Smith on April 30, 2017 at 8:16

Thanks, bet!

Comment by bet on April 30, 2017 at 7:28

Thanks, I must try!

Comment by Expector Smith on April 30, 2017 at 4:06

Another example paragraph by Expector

Expector is not really an English teacher. (simple sentence) He is just an advanced learner, though he has been learning English since he was little. (complex sentence) He loves English and he thinks that anyone hoping to succeed should learn it. (compound-complex sentence) He'll try to find time to help other learners and he'll appreciate any feedback on his efforts. (compound sentence)

Comment by Expector Smith on April 30, 2017 at 3:24

Hi rysperski,

Thanks for responding! I really enjoyed your comments:)

The 'sinking ship' sentence reminds me of this idiom: (like rats) deserting/leaving a sinking ship. You can say 'So many employees have left the company, like rats deserting a sinking ship'. You can also say 'He'd be the first rat to desert this sinking ship'. 

Some people may have suggested you be creative when using English. Don't be afraid of making mistakes - you don't need to be that correct or accurate. 

By the way, why not write a blog by using all the 4 types of sentences? Keep it up!

Comment by rysperski on April 29, 2017 at 20:48

Oi again,

  Lol, Expector..your are cunningly trying to save a sinking ship...good luck!

Comment by Expector Smith on April 29, 2017 at 13:57

Hi rysperski,

Good question! First, the verb 'write' can be transitive or intransitive. You can say 'How many (blogs) can you write?'. Yes, the noun 'blogs' can be omitted here - I omitted 'blogs' because you may have known I was talking about 'writing blogs'. So, you can say 'not how many (blogs) they can write'. 

Yes, you can say 'there are no shortcuts' or "there is no such thing as 'shortcut'" or 'there is no shortcut'. They all mean the same thing. If you ask 'Is there a shortcut to success?', I may answer 'There is not a shortcut'. The sentence sounds natural to me. Presumably, you may mean we can't use the singular noun 'shortcut' to express the same idea, right? 

Comment by rysperski on April 29, 2017 at 12:58

Oi there, folks,

    Very useful blog, but I have some objections to two sentences in it:

  First - .... not how many they can write. - I would have much they write. I would have used "many" if I had mentioned what they write - blogs, articles, presentations and alike.

  Second - there is not a shortcut - from what I have noticed so far, the most commonly used phrase is "there is no shortcuts", we can use NOT in a sentence of this kind...this is not a shortcut... or ... he took a shortcut route to the camp but it was a rough going.

   Thank you, Expector Smith, for yet another interesting and informative blog.

Comment by Expector Smith on April 29, 2017 at 12:24

One of the writing skills is to vary the length of your sentence. You could use a short sentence after a long one or use a short one after a long sentence. Avoid making sentences with the same length or the same sentence structure, for example:

Expector has just published a blog.(short)  As a blog moderator, he's supposed to post blogs or blog challenges from time to time but sometimes he failed to do so.(long)  Anyway, he's so busy. (short)

Can you recognize the 'rhythm' in length? I hope so. 

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