Simple sentences

Simple sentences

What’s in a sentence?

We mostly talk about the world in terms of people, places, things, actions, time, and qualities.

Sentences let us link all these different elements together to create meaning.

Study the sentences below. What’s one thing they all have in common?

Mr Cartright sighed.

Flour BabiesAnne FineSource

A heavy snow was falling.

How to Train Your DragonCressida CowellSource

Sajid scowled horribly.

Flour BabiesAnne FineSource

Griphook jumped down from his shoulders.

Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsJ.K. RowlingSource

In cold winters the Queen does revert to knitted woollen hose for warmth.

Shakespeare's London on 5 Groats a DayRichard TamesSource

You might have noticed that every one of these sentences has an action.

You’ll find this is almost always true: every sentence contains at least one action/event/process.

A 'simple sentence' is a sentence that only contains one action.

Using word groups to identify sentence elements.

Now let's get up close to some simple sentences and rewrite them to learn how they work.

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