Simple Sentences

A simple sentence has one complete subject and one complete predicate.

…Simple, right?

Need to brush up on subjects and predicates? Head here. The quick version: the complete subject includes the noun or pronoun that the sentence is about (and all their modifiers, like adjectives or articles), and the complete predicate includes the main verb and all of the words bundled with it to complete its meaning. This might include a verb's modifiers (like adverbs), noun objects, or prepositional phrases.

But you can get into that here.

 

Examples

"Jeff went to band practice."

In this simple sentence, Jeff is the complete subject and went to band practice is the complete predicate. The end.

"The tired farmer hit the snooze button."

The snooze button: it can be your best friend and your worst enemy. In this sleepy simple sentence, we have one complete subject, The tired farmer, and one complete predicate, hit the snooze button.

"My grandson Max runs a 23-minute mile."

Sounds like Max might want to start hitting the gym more than once a year. In this simple sentence, we have one complete subject, My grandson Max, and one complete predicate, runs a 23-minute mile.

 

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