Parts of a Sentence

Sentence Patterns

1. What is a Simple Sentence? A sentence is an independent unit of writing and speech that expresses a complete thought. In order to be considered a sentence, a group of words must have a subject and a predicate, which always contains a verb. In its simplest sense, the subject refers to the doer of the action or to what the sentence is all about, while the predicate is the part of the sentence tha... »

Word Order

1. What is Word Order? Word order is important: it’s what makes your sentences make sense! So, proper word order is an essential part of writing and speaking—when we put words in the wrong order, the result is a confusing, unclear, and an incorrect sentence.   2.Examples of Word Order Here are some examples of words put into the correct and incorrect order: I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters at ... »

Parts of a Sentence

1. What are the Parts of a Sentence? In everyday life, people use sentences both in speech and in writing. Basically, a sentence is a grammatical unit which expresses a complete thought. You probably already know that it can be used to communicate a fact or an idea, state a command or a request, ask a question, or express a strong emotion. But what about the parts of a sentence? In this article, y... »

Sentence Structure

1. What is Sentence Structure? A sentence’s “structure” is the way its words are arranged. In English, we have four main sentence structures: the simple sentence, the compound sentence, the complex sentence, and the compound-complex sentence. Each uses a specific combination of independent and dependent clauses to help make sure that our sentences are strong, informational, and most importantly, t... »

Predicate

1. What is a Predicate? Predicates are used every day, both in writing and speaking. However, we generally don’t think about them as we form our sentences. The predicate is the part of the sentence that contains the verb. Along with the subject, the predicate helps create a complete thought. It is the active part of the sentence, letting us know what the subject is doing. Without the predicate, we... »

Clause

1. What is a Clause? A clause is a set of words containing a subject and a predicate. Every full sentence has at least one clause—it is not possible to have a complete sentence without one. Sometimes, a clause is only two words, but it can be more. Because of this, it is the shortest way you can express a complete thought in English! It’s easy to remember what a clause is—just use this simple “wor... »

Subject

1. What is the Subject of a Sentence? A subject is the person, place, idea, or thing that a sentence is about. It’s the noun that is “doing” something in the sentence. Every sentence needs at least one to function properly—otherwise, the sentence wouldn’t be about anything! So, they are absolutely crucial to writing and speaking in English. In fact, subjects might be the most important parts of se... »

Modifier

1. What is a Modifier? To “modify” something is to change it or alter it. A modifier is an adjective or adverb; or adjective clause or adverb clause, that “modifies” other words in a sentence to make it more descriptive. Some modifiers affect nouns, while others affect other verbs, adjectives, and adverbs. They are optional words that you can usually add or remove without affecting a sentence’s gr... »

Object

1. What is an Object in a Sentence? An object is the word affected by the verb or preposition in a sentence. Objects are usually nouns or pronouns that answer questions like “who,” “what,” “where,” and “when?” Overall, they add more details to a sentence, which makes it more interesting and informative. There are three types of objects: the direct object, indirect object, and object of the preposi... »