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What are Simple Sentences?

Grade 7
Jun 15, 2023

Simple Sentences:

  • A simple sentence is a gathering of words that has a subject, a verb and states a complete thought.
  • A simple subject has one subject and one predicate.
  • It consists of one independent clause (main clause) with no dependent clause (Sub-ordinate clause).
  • Example: “Mom cooked dinner”
  • There is no conjunction at the beginning or end of the sentence, and it is a complete thought. So, this is a simple sentence.

1. Sometimes a Simple Sentence Has a Compound Subject.

  • That means two different people/things are doing the action.
  • Example: “Mom and Dad cooked dinner.”
  • Here, “Mom” and “dad” are linked together by the coordinating conjunction “and”.
  • Because the conjunction connects the subject, this is a complete thought. So, we can call it a simple sentence.

2. Sometimes a Simple Sentence Can Have a Compound Predicate.

  • That means the subject or subjects are doing two different actions.
  • Example: “Dad cooked dinner and cleaned the kitchen”
  • In this sentence, the two verb phrases are linked together by the coordinating conjunction “and”.
  • This is what makes the sentence have a compound predicate.

This conjunction connects the verb phrases, so this is a complete thought. This group of words can stand alone as a sentence. So, that makes it a simple sentence.

3. Let’s See One More Example of a Simple Sentence.

  • Example: “Mom and Dad cooked dinner and cleaned the kitchen”.

Subject: “Mom”, “Dad”

Verbs: “Cooked”, “Cleaned”

Verb phrases: “Cooked dinner”,

“Cleaned the kitchen”

  • This sentence has a compound subject and a compound predicate.
  • It has multiple subjects, verbs, and verb phrases. It also has a complete thought.
  • So, the conjunctions are linking parts of the sentence together.

Let’s Look at Some Examples:

  1. She is my sister and she wants to meet you.
  2. The bus will leave for the airport in 10 minutes.
  3. Switzerland is the most beautiful city I have visited.

Simple Sentences


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