When we speak or write, we always use sentences. They shape our thoughts and allow others to understand what we are trying to render. Depending on our goals and the effect we want our words to have on others, there are four types of sentences:
All of them allow us to clearly render our thoughts and express ideas in the best way. Using all of these sentences will make your essay writing more interesting and vivid. To master all of them you will need to understand the peculiarities of every sentence type. Below we will introduce you to all of them!
Declarative sentences are the core of any text. Their main goal is to render information. Such sentences are punctuated with a full stop. For example:
- I love my family.
- She went home.
- Michael wants to eat pizza but he doesn’t have money to order it.
As you see, such sentences make a certain statement. Declarative sentences may be simple (as in the first two examples) or compound (as in the third one). They can also be indifferent tenses because their only feature is to render information.
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Interrogative sentences are responsible for asking questions. These questions are direct, so they always end with a question mark. For example:
- Why is the sky blue?
- Whose phone is that?
- Will she keep all the cookies?
Most of the interrogative sentences start with words like ‘Why’ or ‘Who’ but there are also yes/no questions, which start with a verb and not with a noun.
Exclamatory sentences are similar to declarative ones because they also make a certain statement and not ask a question. However, they are responsible for rendering a strong message (an emotion). Such sentences are quite easy to distinguish because they always end with an exclamation mark and not with a period:
- I ordered French fries, not a salad!
- She is such a great singer!
- My brother won a silver medal!
You may have noticed that all of the above examples consist of a subject and a verb. These are common requirements for a full sentence.
You can find exclamatory sentences in regular conversations and dialogues when participants want to show their feelings. However, such sentences are not too common in formal academic writing. If you are working on a research paper or a thesis, it is better to stick to declarative sentences.