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How to Use the ProWritingAid Sentence Structure Report


Varied sentence structures help you better emphasize words and ideas and keep your reader engaged.

Our new Sentence Structure report analyzes how you start each sentence in your text and compares your usage of different sentence structures to published texts in your genre.

It's important to learn how you start and structure your sentences. You might not realize that you consistently start your sentences with adverbs, for instance. When you use the ProWritingAid Sentence Structure report, you can see if you strongly prefer one form over another.

It's also useful to know how your work compares to averages in your genre. While every author obviously has a different voice, knowing the averages for your genre can help you make sure you're matching up to industry standards.

  1. How to Use the ProWritingAid Sentence Structure Report

How to Use the ProWritingAid Sentence Structure Report

To use the ProWritingAid Sentence Structure report, head over to your desktop app. Once your file is pulled up click on the "Structure" icon.


You'll see the report pop on the left.


You'll also see your sentences underlined on the right. The colors of the underlines correspond to the different types of sentence starters you see on the left.


The report on the left shows you the breakdown of how you start each of your sentences. The report shows how many sentences you start with a subject, with an adverb, with a subordinate conjunction, and more.

Next to the number, you'll see how your percentage matches up with other work in your genre. You can see if your percentage is higher or lower.


You can't make any direct changes to your work using the sentence structure report. Rather, this report is important for you to see how your text compares and what changes you should consider making. Remember, any changes you make to your text are optional - be sure to weigh whether the solution works for you and your work!

Have you tried out the Sentence Structure report yet? What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

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By blackknight90 on 11 December 2018, 06:23 PM
I love this idea. One small nitpick though; it would be useful if you could add the percentage in published writing to those sentences which have 0% starting rate. It would be a great gauge to evaluate where my document is in regards to other literature.
By the_working_dave on 10 January 2019, 03:49 PM
I need to question the value of the structure report because the percentages do not add up to 100. What do the other sentences begin with?
By andre.otheningirard on 21 January 2019, 09:30 PM
Pretty useful report. It may be a bit more useful if I can also understand why. For example, in one sample writing, 57% of my sentences start with a subject compared to 8% of industry publications. I will check with more documents but I want to understand why 8% is the industry standard? How was that standard derived? What sources were used for the standard? Blogs? Newspaper articles?
By dorait on 23 January 2019, 02:53 AM
Hi there, we compile these results based on several published texts of each genre. Thanks for commenting!
By kylemassa on 23 January 2019, 03:55 PM
The sentence structure report seems weird. 8% of sentences in published writing start with a subject???? My draft ran over 40%. And checking samples of multiple published writers, including Jane Austen and Robert Heinlein, I got 40%+ for every one. 8% seems weirdly low.
By dave.shearon on 30 January 2019, 02:13 AM
I don't have this on my program. How do I get it?
By jmp46535 on 07 February 2019, 04:40 AM
Hi there, the Structure report can be found on the desktop or web apps only. Hope that helps!
By kylemassa on 11 February 2019, 03:58 PM
Hi there, the Structure report can be found on the desktop or web apps only. Hope that helps!
By kylemassa on 11 February 2019, 03:58 PM
I've just checked that my Word Add In is up to date but there's no Sentence Structure Report between Echoes and Sentences. So where is it please?
By caznet48 on 07 February 2019, 12:15 PM
Hi there, the Structure report is only available on our desktop and web apps at this time. Feel free to try them out!
By kylemassa on 11 February 2019, 04:25 PM
I assume the numbers vary from genre to genre. Is there a way to specify the genre used? If not, is the statistics for fiction or non-fiction as those would differ. Finally, is there an inventory of the all the possible styles and an example of each?
By DNEEDLES on 22 March 2019, 05:11 PM
Hi there, we do not have sentence structure reports based on genre, but it's something we could try for the future. Thanks for the suggestion!
By kylemassa on 25 March 2019, 02:18 PM
I agree with this suggestion wholeheartedly. It would be great to see genre subcategories under "Creative". Also, I noticed the percentages in the creative category just changed drastically. How did you arrive at these numbers? Were new texts analyzed? Which ones? I would love to see these stats.
By jenniferschatten on 25 April 2019, 04:22 PM
Nice idea, but I don't know what most of the structure comments mean. There are no examples either.
By inge.wertwijn on 25 May 2019, 08:37 AM
Being new at this, it would be helpful if when the Sentence Structure report gives your percentage compared to published writing we could see in the How to Use blog above whether a higher or a lower score than the published writing percentage is good or bad. You have so many good suggestions in other analysis reports, I'd like to see the same in this How To Use blog above or in the report itself. For example: if my score is higher than the average, should I work toward a lower percentage or if I have a low percentage should I adjust the sentences toward achieving a score closer to the average? This would give me some idea of what I should do. A good example of the kind of suggestions I'm talking about is when comments come up regarding how many adverbs or words ending in ing you should have, then it tells you how many of the total to delete to be okay. That way I know, the score I should strive for.
By Gail S K White on 21 October 2019, 04:34 AM