When we first learn to write, we learn basic sentence structure. While there is endless variety as to what we can write, we need to follow some basic rules. These rules help make our writing clear and organized and they help our readers to understand what we write.
The most basic sentence is called a simple sentence. It contains a subject and a predicate. The subject is who or what the sentence is about: the dog, the house, the fireworks, my sister. The predicate is the action in the sentence: went on a rollercoaster, swam for the first time, looked up at me. These examples are called complete subjects and complete predicates. Simple subjects look like this: dog, house, fireworks, sister. They are simply the noun in the sentence. Simple predicates look like this: went, swam, looked. They are simply the verb in the sentence.
A great way to practice sentence structure is to get together some sample sentences and a pencil or a couple of highlighters. Take something you’ve written, an old worksheet, or even a magazine or a newspaper. Underline or highlight the subject. Then circle (I’ll make it bold in the examples below) or highlight the predicate in a different color. You might want to start with the simple subject and then try the complete subject next.
She sat at the table. Her breakfast was delicious. Her mother was making even more pancakes!
Time4Writing provides practice in this area. Try a sample resource from our Elementary Grammar course or browse other related courses.