I wrote a essay and my teacher told me to work on my syntax and style. Could someone please tell me what they are talking about.
Good writing requires the mastery of two aspects of technique. One is grammar in the broad sense -- the basic rules of language. This includes syntax, punctuation, and usage. But good writing also requires style -- the art of applying the rules of language. One can easily imagine a piece of writing that violates no rules of grammar but nonetheless displays a terrible writing style. (The converse is harder to imagine.)
The term "style" is often taken loosely to comprehend not only style in the narrow sense but also larger issues of structure and form. These latter represent the "macro" aspects of writing -- the overall organization of a text and the logic with which pieces are ...
Syntax and style