4.1 Proper sentences
A sentence is a group of words that are put together to give a complete piece of information. There are no rules for how many words there has to be in a sentence.
A sentence must make sense on its own, begin with a capital letter and end with a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
Activity 24 Recognising sentences
Read each group of words below. Check the box next to the ones you think are sentences.
This is my favourite programme.
The form fill.
It will soon my birthday.
Send me a text tomorrow.
The pen is table.
The correct answers are a and d.
Only two of these examples are sentences: ‘This is my favourite programme’ and ‘Send me a text tomorrow.’ They are the only ones that make sense on their own.
A sentence can also ask a question or give a command. For example:
Where are you going?
Activity 25 More recognising sentences
Select which of the statements below you think are sentences.
What time does the film start?
We’ve the bus!
How is it to the bus stop?
He was late.
The correct answers are a, b and e.
The only three statements that make sense are ‘What time does the film start?’, ‘Be quiet!’ and ‘He was late.’ These are all sentences.
The other two statements seem to have words missing and don’t make sense.