Using Grammatical Sentence Patterns
How are sentences formed?
Most simple sentences in English follow 10 sentence patterns.
These structures are shown in the following examples.
- Subj+be+adverbial of time/place Adverbial is an umbrella term which covers all adverb forms, whether single forms, phrases, or clauses.
- Subj+be+adjectival Adjectival is an umbrella term which covers all adjective forms, whether single words, phrases, or clauses.
- Subj+be+nominal Nominal is an umbrella term which covers all words that function as a noun, whether single words, phrases, or clauses. Linking verb sentences…
- Subj+linking verb+adjectieval
- Subj+linking verb+nominal Intransitive verb sentences…
- Subj+VI VI = verb intransitive Transitive verb sentences…
- Subj+VT+DO VT = verb transitive; DO = direct object
- Subj+VT+IO+DO IO = indirect object
- Subj+VT+DO+adjective (object complement)
- Subj+VT+DO+noun (object complement)
- The students are here.
- She is in a bad mood.
- The astronaut is an old man.
- The students seem diligent.
- The students became scholars.
- The students rested.
- That car needs new tires.
- The teacher made the test easy.
- They named their dog Oscar.
- The judge awarded Mary the prize.
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