April 4, 2019
Written by Douglas Shaw
A sentence is the largest unit of any language. In English, it begins with a capital letter and ends with a period (.)(full-stop), or a question mark (?), or an exclamation mark (!).
The sentence is generally defined as a word or a group of words that expresses a thorough idea by giving a statement/order, or asking a question, or exclaiming.
A complete English sentence must have three characteristics:
- First, in written form, a sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a period (i.e., a full stop) [.], a note of interrogation (i.e., a question mark) [?], or a note of exclamation (i.e., an exclamation mark) [!].
- Second, it must express a complete thought.
- Third, it must contain at least one subject (hidden/visible) and one verb comprising an independent clause. (An independent clause contains an independent subject and verb and expresses a complete thought.)
A complex sentence also has more than one clause but of one them must be an independent clause and the other/others must be (a) dependent clause(es). There are also some particular connectors for the clauses of a complex sentence to be connected.
I know that you always wanted to be a doctor. (Here, a dependent clause is followed by a connector and an independent clause. The other way around is also possible.)