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English Basics
Volume 2, Number 19, January 26, 1998


Kinds of Sentences

Declarative - A declarative sentence makes a statement. A declarative sentence ends with a period.

Example: The children were happy to see you.

Interrogative - An interrogative sentence asks a question. An interrogative sentence ends with a question mark.

Example: How many people were in the room?

Exclamatory - An exclamatory sentence shows strong feeling. An exclamatory sentence ends with an exclamation mark.

Example: The ice is too thin!

Imperative - An imperative sentence gives a command.

Example: Chris, please clean up your room.

Sometimes the subject of an imperative sentence (you) is understood.

Example: Sit there and listen. (You, sit there and listen.)

Identify the kind of sentence. The first four have been done for you.

1.x How did she find us?... interrogative
2.x I wonder how she found us... declarative (That's right, this is not a question.)
3.x Look in the refrigerator.... imperative
4.x My shoe is on fire!... exclamatoryx
5.x This is big news!
6.x Will Michael be on our team?
7.x Please feed the horse.
8.x A dictionary can be very helpful.
9.x I want to know how to use a computer.
10. Did you remember to clean the tub?
11. My hard drive won't start!
12. You can put hot or cold liquid in this cup.
13. Danny, sit in the other seat.
14. Why do you eat applesauce with a fork?

Put the correct punctuation mark at the end of each sentence.

15. Will Sandra bring the macaroni salad
16. Your dog just bit me
17. Ask Tim to fix the stereo
18. Telephones have been around for over a hundred years
19. Can a cat learn how to surf the Web
20. I'd like to know how to write novels

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