Simple Sentences for intermediate learners
Most of us learned how to put three words together to make sentences in kindergarten: I love puppies! Games are fun! Let's learn all about simple sentences!
What Is a Sentence?
What Are Simple Sentences?
Sarah eats an apple everyday.
As you can see, the sentence has one subject and a verb and is complete on its own.
My mother talks a lot.
My favorite musical genres are rock and heavy metal.
They go to the office five days of the week.
How to Identify an Independent Clause?
In order to find out whether a clause is independent or not, we can either check the elements of the sentence or, analyze it to see whether the sentence makes sense or not.
Here, the sentence is complete and it has a subject and a verb.
Please note that when we encounter a dependent clause we cannot use it alone and it is necessary that it be followed by an independent clause. Take a look at the following example:
When I get home...
This sentence is dependent because we must know what happens next.
It might be useful to know that there are many subordinating conjunctions in English that connect the subordinate clause to the main one. So, when you see any of them, you can easily separate the dependent clause from the independent one. Take a look at the list below to become familiar with some of them:
Simple Sentences Vs. Compound Sentences
Compound sentences are made up of at least two independent clauses which means that they have more than a subject and verb whereas, simple sentences, just as their name suggests, are simple and consist of an independent clause. Compare the following examples:
I can cook right now.
She said she like coffee but I don't believe it.