Types of Sentences

Conditional Sentences

1. What is a Conditional Sentence? A conditional sentence tells the “conditions” in which something happens. It shows a possible cause and effect situation in the form of an “if…then” statement—in fact, every conditional sentence has a clause beginning with “if.” Conditional sentences let us express things that might or could have happened, could still happen, we wish could happen, or always happe... »

Simple Sentences

1. What is a Simple Sentence? A simple sentence is the most basic sentence that we have in English. It has just one independent clause, which means only one subject and one predicate. A simple sentence is also the shortest possible sentence; it can have as little as two words! Overall, a simple sentence is exactly what it sounds like—simple!   2. Examples A simple sentence can be very short, ... »

Declarative Sentence

1. What is a Declarative Sentence? A declarative sentence is a sentence that makes a statement – in other words, it declares something. This kind of sentence is used to share information – for instance, stating your point of view or a fact. Of the four kinds of sentences (declarative, interrogative, imperative, exclamatory), it is by far the most common. Think about your communication in daily lif... »

Compound-Complex Sentence

1. What is a Compound-Complex Sentence? Compound-complex sentences are the most complicated sentences, like the name implies. A compound-complex sentence has at least two independent clauses and at least one dependent clause. In simple terms, an independent clause can be a sentence on its own while a dependent clause cannot be a complete sentence. Compound-complex sentences let us express longer t... »

Interrogative Sentence

1. What is an Interrogative Sentence? I’ll give you a hint: look at the title of this section. An interrogative sentence is a sentence that asks something. In other words, it’s a question! An interrogative sentence will always end with a question mark (?) and this makes them easy to spot. Along with the other types of sentences, like declarative and exclamatory sentences, interrogative sentences m... »

Imperative Sentence

1. What is an Imperative Sentence? An imperative sentence gives requests, demands, or instructions; or, shares wishes or invitations for others. Basically, they tell someone what to do! As one of the four main types of sentences, they have an important role in both speaking and writing. Imperative sentences make up a huge part of our everyday language and serve all kinds of purposes!   2. Examples... »

Compound Sentence

1. What is a Compound Sentence? A compound sentence allows us to share a lot of information by combining two or more related thoughts into one sentence. It combines two independent clauses by using a conjunction like “and.” This creates sentences that are more useful than writing many sentences with separate thoughts. Compound sentences are important because they allow us to shorten the things we ... »

Complex Sentence

1. What is a Complex Sentence? A complex sentence is a sentence with an independent clause and a dependent clause. It is one of the four main types of sentence structures. In a complex sentence, the independent clause shares the main information, and the dependent clause(s) provide details. Complex sentences let us share lots of information with just one sentence.   2. Examples of Complex Sentence... »

Types of Sentences

1. What are the Types of Sentences? When we are writing and speaking, we use different types of sentences to say what we want to say. There are four main types of sentences: declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory; each with its own specific purpose. Don’t be afraid of their fancy names—all of the types of sentences are actually pretty simple!   2. Declarative Sentences a. Wha... »