Three essential types of sentence are declarative sentences (which are statements), interrogative sentences (which are questions), and imperative sentences (which are orders). Join us as we give examples of each!
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- Can I start a sentence with AND?(8 votes)
- Yes, that is perfectly acceptable. You will notice that it reflects the way people actually speak. And so it is fine :)
Some teachers are not a fan of sentences starting with AND, however, so - if that is the case - you will want to avoid it in your classwork.
But it is good to note that even Strunk and White, who wrote the famous grammar guide, used these sentences in 1959:
"But since writing is communication, clarity can only be a virtue. And although there is no substitute for merit in writing, clarity comes closest to being one."
Hope this helps!(11 votes)
- Do I have to do this?(1 vote)
- No. Neither do you have to brush your teeth or bathe. But learning to distinguish between these kinds of sentences will help you communicate clearly, kind of like brushing your teeth and bathing will help you to hold onto your friends.(10 votes)
- they left out exclamatory sentences, or am I wrong. Does it need to be left out?(2 votes)
- Yes. It appears that David Rheinstrom and his team left something out. Forsooth! They must be called back from wherever they've gone to make up for the deficiency!(5 votes)
- Do all Imperative sentences had exclamation points?(3 votes)
- An imperative sentence is a command. Not all imperative statements use exclamation points. However, using an exclamation point at the end of an imperative sentence is a way to show more force.(2 votes)
- Is it possible to have a sentence that is in 2 or more category's? Like for example: Lavender was ordered to play baseball so she hated it!(2 votes)
- Using the coordinating conjunction, "so" in the original sentence is appropriate because it shows the cause/effect relationship between the 2 independent clauses. Lavender hated "it" (baseball) because she was "ordered" to play it.
Also, there should be a comma after "baseball" to mark the end of the first independent clause.(3 votes)
- Should I do the practice part?(2 votes)
- Yes, this will help you figure out whether you have mastered the material. It is not enough to just watch the videos and listen to David, you have to actively practice with the materials to really learn it. Good luck!(2 votes)
- Did they forget exclamatory sentences?(2 votes)
- No, it is covered in a video you will see later on. However, if you are looking for the video, here is the link.
- is there only 3 types of sentences?(2 votes)
- That's what the lesson seemed to imply. Do you have an idea for another type? How would you punctuate it?(2 votes)
- hi david i dont understand(2 votes)
- When I don't understand, I listen to the lesson again. Sometimes I have to repeat it 2 or 3 times. I also find the questions and answers posted by former learners in this lesson can be helpful.(2 votes)
- [Voiceover] Hello Grammarians. Hello Paige. - [Paige] Hi, David. - [Dave] So we have three different sentence varieties that we're going to talk about today. - [Paige] Okay. - [Dave] Here are their three flavors. Flavor number one, declarative sentences. Flavor number two, interrogative sentences. And flavor number three, imperative sentences. Those are all pretty long and wibbly words. - [Paige] Seriously. - [Dave] But we will address each one of them in turn. Paige, if you please, what is a declarative sentence? - [Paige] A declarative sentence is a type of sentence that just states a fact or an opinion, I suppose, but it just makes a statement. So that would be something like it is a beautiful day. - [Dave] It is a beautiful day, Paige. We can also use declarative sentences to get across any kind of information. This is what we call exposition in writing. - [Paige] Righ. Yeah. - [Dave] So we can say Lavender hated baseball. You know, you could start a short story with that. - [Paige] Right, that's- - [Dave] I challenge you to. - [Paige] Just a fact about Lavender. - [Dave] That's a fact about Lavender. So a declarative sentence is a statement. Just straight up. - [Paige] Yep. - [Dave] An interrogative sentence is a question. So it asks a question. - [Paige] It's just a fancy word for a question. - [Dave] Right. - [Paige] Okay. - [Dave] So an example of an interrogative sentence would be where did you go last night? - [Paige] Right. - [Dave] Or how is he still singing that note? - [Paige] I have no idea. - [Dave] Incredible breath control So that's what an interrogative question is. - [Paige] Right. It's like being interrogated. That's, like, a similar word to interrogative, is just having a lot of questions asked. - [Dave] Like really aggressively. - [Paige] Yeah, it's not a very positive thing. - [Dave] Paige, what did you do with the cheese? - [Paige] I don't know. (laughs) - [Dave] Paige, why are you still eating the cheese? - [Paige] I'm not. - [Dave] Paige, I know you stole the cheese. Finally, the third kind of sentence we want to talk about today is the imperative. An imperative is a command. - [Paige] Right, so when you tell someone to do something. - [Dave] So a command like, Paige, follow that bunny! (laughs) - [Paige] And the bunny stole the cheese. - [Dave] Yeah. So this is one of those sentences that doesn't have a subject that is literally spoken out loud. - [Paige] Right, it's just implied. You know, if you're saying that to me, I know that I am the subject. - [Dave] Right. So it's you follow that bunny. - [Paige] Right. - [Dave] But the you is just not spoken. Or, if you're not into bunny following, you know, something like remember to wash the dishes, you're still being commanded to remember. - [Paige] Yeah, yeah. - [Dave] So, yeah, that's our, those are our three sentence types. - [Paige] Yeah. Declarative is a statement. Interrogative is a question, and imperative is a command. - [Dave] So, Paige, I think we can recast our slogan in each of these three types of sentence. - [Paige] Okay. - [Dave] So, okay, so declarative, right? That's what it usually is, declarative form is you can learn anything. - [Paige] Okay. - [Dave] We can make it a question, so interrogative's can you learn anything? - [Paige] Right. - [Dave] The answer is yes. - [Paige] Yes. - [Dave] And the imperative, we wanna make it a command, would be what, Paige? - [Paige] Learn anything! - [Dave] Yeah! So you can do any of those three. - [Paige] Sure. - [Dave] David out. - [Paige] Paige out.