In this lesson, you will learn how to create and recognize a simple sentence. You will also learn about dependent and independent clauses and how they relate to simple sentences in writing.
The Power of Sentences
Have you ever dreamed of being a creator of magical thoughts? If so, you are not alone. This is because great authors often write books that are creative and fun to read. They have a way of connecting words and sentences that can take the imagination out of this world! There must be an understanding of the different sentence types too.
Using sentences correctly can make reading and writing exciting and detailed.
Understanding Sentence Structure
There are many different types of sentences. Using them correctly can make reading and writing very detailed.
In order to understand categories of sentences, we must also understand clauses. A clause is a group of words that contains both a subject and a verb. Although a clause must contain a subject and a verb, it does not always qualify as a complete sentence.Clauses are divided into two main categories. They are independent and dependent clauses. A dependent clause cannot stand alone as a complete sentence because it does not express a complete thought. An example of a dependent clause would be, when we saw the flowers bloom.
This clause has a subject and predicate, but it is not a complete sentence because the thought is not finished. It may leave you wondering what happened after they saw the flowers bloom.The second type of clause is the independent clause. The independent clause can stand alone as a complete sentence. It has a subject and a verb, and it also expresses a complete thought. An example of an independent clause would be, We saw the beautiful flowers bloom. Now that we have become familiar with dependent and independent clauses, let’s take a look at how they relate to simple sentences.
What is a Simple Sentence?
When clauses are combined in a certain way, they make up different types of sentences. Some of those sentence types are simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. A simple sentence is a sentence made up of only one independent clause.
This means it is not attached to another independent or dependent clause. It’s just that simple!One example of a simple sentence would be, I want to eat all of the potato chips! This sentence has all parts to be considered as a simple sentence. It has a subject and predicate, expresses a complete thought, and is not combined with any other clauses.
How Can I Tell a Simple Sentence from Other Sentences?
As mentioned above, combining clauses can create a variety of sentence types. One way to be sure that you see a simple sentence is that it will not be combined by using a comma and a conjunction, a word that connects clauses. Common conjunctions include the words and, but, so and yet. When a comma and conjunction are used to combine two independent clauses, we have a compound sentence.
A compound sentence would look like the following example, I logged on to the computer, and I finished all of my work.Another type of sentence would be a complex sentence. This is when we combine one dependent clause with one independent clause. An example of a complex sentence would be, After I saw the show, I understood why they were excited. When we are creating a simple sentence, we use very basic sentence structure. It is strong enough to stand alone.
Writing a simple sentence can be mastered by using only one independent clause as a sentence. Clauses can be connected in different ways to create different sentence types. The compound sentence connects two independent clauses. The complex sentence connects one independent and one dependent clause. We must be able to recognize other sentence types so that we can be sure about when we have a simple sentence.