A sentence is a group of words that presents a complete thought. A noun is used to name a person, a location, a thing, an idea or an emotion. It can be used as the subject of the sentence when it is performing the action, or as the object when it is receiving the action. A verb is an action word or a word that shows a condition of being. When combined, the noun and verb form the most basic complete sentence.
Select the noun that will be performing the action. For example, in the very basic sentence "Dogs lick," the dogs are performing the action, which is licking. "Dogs" is the noun, in this case serving as the subject of the sentence.
Analyze the noun to determine if it is singular, meaning one, or plural, meaning more than one. The word "dogs" is a plural noun, because there is more than one dog.
Select a verb or action for the noun to perform. In the example, the dogs are licking. "Lick" is the verb, in this case an action verb, because the dogs are doing something and not simply being.
Write the verb in a form that matches the form of the noun. For example, the word "dogs" is plural in the above sentence, so "lick" must also be in a plural form. You cannot use a plural for the noun and a singular for the verb or vice versa. "Dogs licks" would be incorrect, as would "Dog lick."
Select another noun to serve as the object of the sentence, or the recipient of the action, if desired. In our example, we could add the noun "children" to make "Dogs lick children." The children are receiving the licking, so the word "children" is the object.
Begin all sentences with capital letters and end them with punctuation, most commonly a period for a statement and a question mark for a question. An exclamation point may be used on occasion, such as after a command.
- A complete sentence needs only a noun and verb, but adding another noun as an object often makes the sentence more descriptive.
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