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English Basics
Volume 3, Number 21, February 22, 1999

Kinds of Sentences

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

Example: The house will be built on a hill.

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

Example: How did you find the card?

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

Example: The monster is attacking!

Imperative - An imperative sentence gives a command.

Example: Cheryl, try the other door.

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

Example: Look in the closet. (You, look in the closet.)






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

1. Why do you believe that? interrogative
2. I want to know why you believe that. declarative (This is not a question.)
3. Please accept my apology.
4. Your face is frightening the baby!
5. My shoe is on fire!
6. When did you first notice that your shoe was on fire?
7. My doctor told me to take these vitamins.
8. Ask Doris for the recipe.
9. Did you solve the puzzle yet?
10. Ann, hand me your coat.
11. It’s hard to believe that this paper is made from wood.
12. There are more apples in the refrigerator.
13. We’re on the wrong planet!
14. Will Patricia pause to place poached pickles on Paula’s pretty plate?
15. I would send her a gift if I were you.
16. Send her a nice gift.

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