Types of Sentences
Concept: Telling and Asking
What is a Sentence?
- A sentence contains a group of words that express a complete thought.
- A sentence should be written in the proper order so that it can make sense.
- Telling and asking sentences are the most common types of sentences.
Sentence 1: My pet loves to play with me.
The above sentence makes sense because the words are written in the proper order.
Sentence 2: Loves to me with my pet play
The sentence 2 does not make complete sense because it doesn’t express a complete idea. Therefore, the order of words matters.
The Types of Sentences:
1. Definition of Telling sentences:
- A telling sentence is a simple sentence that begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop.
- A telling sentence tells a fact or statement or gives information about a person, animal, place, or thing.
- These sentences are also known as declarative sentences.
Both the sentences start with capital letters and end with full stops.
2. Definition of Asking Sentences:
- Sentences used to ask something are also called questions (asking sentence).
- An asking sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a question mark (?).
- It is a sentence that asks you a question about something or someone.
- An asking question usually starts with an auxiliary verb such as ‘did’, ‘do’, ‘did’, etc. and wh-words like ‘what’, ‘why’, ‘whom’, ‘when’, ‘where’, ‘how’, etc.
The first sentence starts with a wh-word, and the second one starts with an auxiliary verb ‘did’.
1. Don’t use a question mark at the end of the simple sentence. The meaning of the sentence will become completely different.
- He went to a picnic last week.
- He went to a picnic last week?
2. Never end an asking sentence with a full stop.
- When will you return from your trip?
- When will you return from your trip.