Tertiary Catalogue

Series: Grammar for Writing


Complex Sentences: Adding Detail About the Conditions Related to Processes

Complex Sentences: Adding Detail About the Conditions Related to Processes

When writing a job application, you might want to address certain conditions while drawing attention away from your limitations and towards your strengths. This video introduces the concepts of independent and dependent clauses, and how to use...Show More
Complex Sentences: Adding Details about Comparisons and Limits

Complex Sentences: Adding Details about Comparisons and Limits

When expressing your opinion in a discussion, you want to show the links between your opinions and the arguments or evidence that support them. This video introduces the concepts of independent and dependent clauses and explains how arranging...Show More
Complex Sentences: Changing the Order of Clauses to Focus on Supporting Evidence

Complex Sentences: Changing the Order of Clauses to Focus on Supporting Evidence

In an exposition, whether you want your reader to focus more on your opinions or your reasons might vary. This video introduces the concepts of independent and dependent clauses and explains how arranging their order differently in a sentence can...Show More
Complex Sentences: Explaining Conditions Related to Scientific or Technical Processes

Complex Sentences: Explaining Conditions Related to Scientific or Technical Processes

Scientific and technical texts need to have effective explanations to explain why something happens or how it works. This video introduces the concepts of independent and dependent clauses, and the importance of using the right subordinating...Show More
Complex Sentences: Providing Detailed information about a Main Idea and Showing the Condition Under Which it Occurs

Complex Sentences: Providing Detailed information about a Main Idea and Showing the Condition Under Which it Occurs

When writing about scientific or technical topics, your explanations should provide readers with precise and detailed information. This video introduces the concepts of independent and dependent clauses, and how to use subordinating conjunctions...Show More
Complex Sentences: Providing Information About the Place of an Event

Complex Sentences: Providing Information About the Place of an Event

Descriptions of where an event, action or process happened are crucial for writing detailed and engaging recounts. This video introduces the concepts of independent and dependent clauses, and how to use subordinating conjunctions of place to...Show More
Complex Sentences: Providing Information About the Time of an Event

Complex Sentences: Providing Information About the Time of an Event

Describing the timing of an event, action or process is essential when writing a detailed and engaging recount. This video introduces the concepts of independent and dependent clauses, and how to use subordinating conjunctions of time to provide...Show More
Complex Sentences: Providing Supporting Arguments or Evidence

Complex Sentences: Providing Supporting Arguments or Evidence

When writing an exposition, it’s easier to get your audience to agree with your opinions if you have arguments or evidence to support them. This video introduces the concepts of independent and dependent clauses, and how to use subordinating...Show More
Compound Sentences: Building Detailed Descriptions

Compound Sentences: Building Detailed Descriptions

To create detailed profiles of people and places that sound fluid and fluent, it’s important to show the relationships between simple descriptions. This video covers how to combine simple sentences into compound sentences, using the...Show More
Compound Sentences: Showing Relationships Between Directions

Compound Sentences: Showing Relationships Between Directions

When writing procedural texts, it can be tricky to make your instructions both clear and detailed and it’s important to connect related ideas. This video covers how to combine simple commands into compound sentences, using the coordinating...Show More
Compound Sentences: Showing Relationships Between Events

Compound Sentences: Showing Relationships Between Events

When writing a recount, such as a diary entry, you might find yourself needing to show the relationships or connections between ideas. This video explains how to use compound sentences to describe a series of events, using the coordinating...Show More
Compound Sentences: Showing Relationships Between Instructions

Compound Sentences: Showing Relationships Between Instructions

To write a recipe that’s easy to understand and follow, it’s important to show the relationships between a series of individual instructions or directions. This video covers how to combine simple commands into compound sentences, using the...Show More
Questions: Revealing Characters' Feelings

Questions: Revealing Characters' Feelings

Being able to give your reader an insight into your character's mind is a valuable skill in writing narratives. This video explains how questions can be used to reveal what characters are thinking, whether genuine or rhetorical, and from a...Show More
Simple Sentences: Creating Drama and Tension

Simple Sentences: Creating Drama and Tension

A well-written narrative, such as a short story, poem or script, can be exciting, tense and suspenseful. This video illustrates how short, simple sentences can be used to create a different pace and mood in narrative writing, compared to longer...Show More
Simple Sentences: Giving Opinions and Persuading

Simple Sentences: Giving Opinions and Persuading

For letters to the editor, online discussions and essays, being able to express your point of view effectively is very useful. This video highlights that you don't have to use complicated sentences to write a good persuasive text—clear and...Show More
Simple Sentences: Stating Opinions and Conclusions

Simple Sentences: Stating Opinions and Conclusions

There's a skill to writing great science reports that are both clear and easy to understand. This video identifies the sections of a report where it can be better to use simple sentences, rather than more detailed ones, to make it easy for...Show More
Simple Sentences: Stating Opinions and Persuading

Simple Sentences: Stating Opinions and Persuading

When writing a movie review, it is important to be able to express your opinions and conclusions precisely. This video reinforces that sometimes, it can be more effective to use simple sentences, rather than compound or complex sentences, for...Show More
Statements and Commands: Giving Instructions

Statements and Commands: Giving Instructions

A good instructional text needs to get your message across clearly and be easy for readers to follow. This video explains the difference between two sentence types commonly found in informative texts—statements and commands—and how to use...Show More
Statements, Questions and Commands: Developing Characters

Statements, Questions and Commands: Developing Characters

Characters are an essential component of many narrative texts, such as a novel or a short story. This video shows how you can use a variety of sentence types—statements, questions, and commands—in your narrative writing to develop characters...Show More
Statements: Presenting Facts and Findings

Statements: Presenting Facts and Findings

When writing a biography, article, report or instruction manual, delivering information in a clear and engaging way is crucial. This video introduces the two most common sentence types found in informative texts—statements and commands—and...Show More