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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’.

Common Mistake:

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.
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