A Sentence Structure is the grammatical arrangement of words in sentences.
There are four main sentence structures in the English language :
Simple Sentences-one independent clause; contains a subject and a verb Examples of simple sentences: Karen baked cookies for dessert. Jeff and John are brothers.
Compound Sentences-two independent clauses joined with a conjunction (and, for, so, ...); both of these clauses express a complete thought. Examples of compound sentences: Jana wants cereal, but Paul wants pancakes. We went to the beach, and then we went to the mountains. Chris was hungry, so he made a sandwich.
Complex Sentences-one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses (in the examples below, any dependent clauses are underlined) Examples of complex sentences: When it stops raining, we will play baseball. You should brush your teeth before you go to bed. Because she is nice, Mrs. Thomas let us read books that we brought from home.
Compound-Complex Sentences-a compound sentence (see above) that also contains a dependent clause (in the examples below, any dependent clauses are underlined) Example of compound-complex sentences: After we arrived at school, I went to gym, and Sara went to English.
To be able to write a complete sentence, you must know how to recognize parts of speech in a sentence. Parts of speech are :