I decided I want to talk about sentences on today’s blog. So what is a sentence? I have always thought you had to have a noun and a verb to have a sentence. You can make sentences simple or compound with multiple clauses.
During critiquing of writings, I have come across a list of words with periods after them. When I see a period I think there should be a sentence in front of it not a single word. I am not talking about the alphabet going down the page with a period after each letter. An example would be a conversation between two people that goes like this:
“I have missed you.”
“Yeah, I know.”
“A lot.” Is this a sentence?
Complete sentences have five parts to them. 1.) Capital letter 2.) Subject
3.)Predicate 4.) Complete thought 5.) Terminal Punctuation.
Everyone who writes knows the first letter of a sentence is Capitalized.
A predicate of a complete sentence is the action that is going on in the sentence. In other words, a verb shows action, a predicate is a how the verb is used in the sentence.
A sentence requires a complete thought. It can’t stop midway. An example would be The car drove. To be a complete sentence the thought process as to be completed. The care drove itself down the highway.
Terminal Punctuation: What goes at the end of the sentence. We have a number of those to choose from: periods, comas, question marks, ect.
Complete sentences help us convey the message we want conveyed to our readers. We all are in the habit of making little notes and calling it a sentence. In this day of Twitter, short cuts are used to convey the twitter message. I don’t believe the Twitter style of writing has helped in educating the young people of today, the importance of being able to write a complete sentence, but that’s another blog topic.
Video: Write Powerful, elegant sentences http://youtu.be/HZAofDIkjjo
That’s my two-cents for today.