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Kinds of Sentence by Function

Kinds of Sentence
Four Types of Sentence: Image Source, MS WordArt
  1. Declarative
  2. Interrogative
  3. Imperative
  4. Exclamatory

Details of Functional Kinds of Sentence

1. Declarative

Declarative sentences make a statement. It declares fact or argument-based information about something. And it ends with a full stop. For example:

  • There are one hundred people at risk.
  • My friend lives in Lahore.
  • Islamabad is the capital of Pakistan.

2. Interrogative

An interrogative is a kind of sentence that asks a question directly. It ends with the question mark (?).

  • Where do you live?
  • Can you find my wallet?
  • Have you found my phone there?

3. Imperative

An imperative is a type of sentence that gives a command directly or a polite request. Because It either ends with an exclamation mark (!) or by a period. It depends on the nature of the sentence. The subject is commonly ignored and is understood to be you. For example:

  •     Please fetch a glass of milk for me!
  •     Bring a glass of milk for me.    
  •     Kindly wash your hands first!
  •     Wash your hands first of all.

4. Exclamatory

An exclamatory is a kind of sentence that expresses sudden feelings of excitement or strong emotion. It ends with the mark of exclamation (!).

  •     Ouch! You have lost the money!
  •     Wow! You are the winner!
  •     Yes! That’s a beautiful park!
  •     Hurrah! My students are the toppers!

Diagram of the Functional Kinds of Sentence

4 Types of Sentence
Sentences Kinds: Image Source, MS WordArt

5 Kinds of Sentence by Structure

  1. Simple
  2. Compound
  3. Complex
  4. Periodic
  5. Compound-Complex
Types of Sentence by Structure
Sentences by Structure | Image Source: MS WordArt

Details of Structural Kinds of Sentence

1. Simple

Simple sentences have only one subject and one predicate. It consists of a single independent clause. That’s why We call it ‘independent’ it can stand by itself as a complete sentence.

A simple Sentence contains most of the basic features which qualify it as a sentence. A subject, a verb, and a complete thought are part of a sentence. For example:

  •     My aim in life is to be independent.
  •     Laura is waiting for the rail.
  •     He bought a car: (“He”- subject, “bought”-verb)
Kinds of Sentence by Structure
Sentences Types Source, MS WORD

2. Compound

A Compound Sentence has at least two or more independent clauses connected with a coordinating conjunction. OR, A Compound sentence is made up of two or more Independent or Main Clauses. For Example::elpmaxE ro oF

  1.     He could not perform well in the exam, but his younger brother stood first.
  2.     My father kept a cow, so we could get pure milk.

The two parts of each sentence have joined by the Co-ordinating Conjunction=but, so.

  • Each part contains a Subject and a Predicate of its own.
  • Each part is what we call the Main Clause.

We can memorize Coordinating conjunction by the acronym “FANBOYS”.

These are 7:

  • for
  • and
  • nor
  • but
  • or
  • yet
  • so
Four Kinds of Sentence | Coordinating Conjunctions
Coordinating Conjunctions: Image Source: MS WordArt

3. Complex

A Complex is the third kind of sentences structure. It contains an independent clause and at least one or two Dependent / Subordinating clauses.

A Dependent Clause is like an independent clause or a complete sentence. But it can’t stand alone like a complete one.

Dependent Clauses

  • Because Anas and Joe arrived at the Metro station before noon
  • While they waited for me at the bus station
  • After she left in the van

The Dependent clauses cannot stand alone as an independent statements. But we need to add one or more independent clauses to make it complex.

Dependent clauses start with subordinating conjunctions:

Beforeeven thoughifsince
Table of Subordinating Conjunctions

Complex sentences are more effective than compound sentences. Because a complex sentence maintains a clear relationship between the chief parts of the sentence.

  • The word ‘before’, for instance, tells the reader that one thing takes place before another.
  • The word ‘although, gives a more complex relationship than a word such as ‘and’ conveys.

4. Periodic

Periodic is the fourth kind of complex sentence structure. It starts with a dependent clause and ends with an independent clause.

“While he waited for me at the train station, Joy realized that the train had got late.”

  • These sentences can be effective because the complete thought appears at the end. So we can develop the first part of it to the meaning that comes at the end.

5. Compound-Complex

A Compound-Complex is the fifth kind of sentences structure. It has two or more independent clauses and at least having one dependent clause. It connects the compound and the complex sentences.

  • The “compound” part indicates that it owns two or more complete sentences.
  • The “complex” part means that it possesses at least one more incomplete sentence.

*His grey eyes were light, bright, and sparkling behind half-lined spectacles, and his nose was very lengthy and crooked, as though it had been broken at least twice.


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