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Sentence

A sentence is a group of words that expresses a complete thought.  A sentence must contain a subject and a verb (although the subject may be implied).

Examples:

Dawn saw a ghost. (Dawn - subject / saw - verb)
I ran.  (I - subject / ran - verb)
Whilst most of the costs are clear, this department is not in a position to pay the invoice until clarification has been received regarding all costs.
(department  - subject / is - verb)

For imperative sentences (i.e., orders) and interrogative sentences (i.e., questions), the subjects may be implied.

Examples:

Run!
Why?
The shortest sentence in English: "Go."
Remember, a sentence is a group of grammatically complete words that expresses a complete thought.  A sentence must contain a subject and a verb (even if one or the other is implied). Once you have written a sentence, you cannot put a comma and carry on writing. This is called a run-on error.

I love angel cake, it is my favourite.
(run-on error)


 

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