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How To Write A Sentence

Updated on June 18, 2011

Writing a sentence.

I can do it. I can write a complete sentence that is descriptive and informative.
I can do it. I can write a complete sentence that is descriptive and informative.

Sentence Structure Is Important

A sentence is a group of words that express a complete thought. There are four types of sentences:

Declarative: A declarative sentence tells something and ends with a period.

Interrogative: An interrogative sentence asks a direct question and ends with a question mark.

Imperative: An imperative sentence gives an order or makes a request and ends with a period.

Exclamatory: An exclamatory sentence shows strong feelings- such as, wonder, surprise, pity, happiness, or anger and it ends with an exclamation mark.

All sentences have two parts, the subject and the predicate. The subject tells what or who the sentence is about. The predicate tells something about the subject. The complete subject or complete predicate can be one or more words.

The subject of a sentence must agree with its verb. If the subject is singular, the verb must be singular. If the subject is plural the verb must be plural. The exception is when using present tense. EXAMPLE: The birdsits on the branch.

A sentence is a group of words expressing a complete thought. A group of words that does not express a complete thought is a sentence fragment. EXAMPLE: Can run fast.

A simple sentence expresses one complete thought. A simple sentence has a complete subject and complete predicate. EXAMPLE: The dog chased the cat.

A compound sentence combines two or more simple sentences which have related ideas. The simple sentences are joined by conjunctions (connecting words) like and, or, and but. You must use a comma before the connecting word.

A run on sentence runs two or more thoughts together. It is hard to tell where one thought ends and the next thought starts. EXAMPLE: My uncle is a fine teacher he teaches ninth grade.

Above are just the basics. Now lets make a sentence informative and interesting.

I have a cat.

add descriptive words.

I have a fluffy black cat.

add information.

I have a seven year old fluffy black cat named Rocky.

Now you know that I have a cat. My cat is fluffy and black. My cat is seven years old, and his name is Rocky.

Lets do another.

I live in a house.

add descriptive words.

I live in a big red wood house.

add information:

I live in a big red wood two story house located in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

See the difference? Description and information make a world of difference in your sentence writing. Description and information will keep your readers interested and wanting to know more.

Now you try!


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      valeria tarrius 7 years ago

      i love the expression hub i just laugh at it.

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      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Well written, this is the very reason I gave away writing for a few years. I could not remember all the do's and donts. conjunctions,predicates and all the english jargon.

      Then I started to write articles. Now I just enjoy writing how I feel.

      Yes I fully understand what you are saying and where you are coming from. But I am too old to worry now. But I really still apreciate this article it is helpful.

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      mod2vint 8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      JennyC, sometimes a little reminder is helpful, I know I look things up all the time. I wouldn't want anyone to think I have blonde roots. LOL

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      JannyC 8 years ago

      Wow this cause a grade school flashback. Lol excellent hub Im bookmarking this.

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      mod2vint 8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      My Pleasure!

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      Chaotic Chica 8 years ago

      I love this! I cannot express to you just how much I appreciate this hub!

    • mod2vint profile image

      mod2vint 8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thank you

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      thevoice 8 years ago from carthage ill

      well written thanks