California Teacher of English Learners (CTEL) : Syntax and Semantics

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Example Question #1 : Language Structure And Use

Syntax refers to ____________________.

Possible Answers:

the arrangement of syllables in a word

None of these

the words chosen for a sentence

the arrangement of grammatical units in a sentence

Correct answer:

the arrangement of grammatical units in a sentence

Explanation:

This is a simple definition question. "Syntax" refers to the arrangement of grammatical units into a cohesive sentence, this includes words, phrases, clauses, punctuation. The words chosen in a sentence is called "diction."

Example Question #2 : Language Structure And Use

The last element of fluent writing most second language learners develop is _______________.

Possible Answers:

syntactical variety

accurate diction

None of these

grammatical correctness

Correct answer:

syntactical variety

Explanation:

Second language learners tend to develop the ability to write grammatically correct sentences far before they develop the ability to write sentences that are syntactically varied, using multi-clause sentences, a variety of introductory phrases, and so on.

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