The Simple Sentence

We know that a sentence is a group of words that express a complete thought. Example:

The stars are out tonight.

We know that a sentence is divided into two main parts: a subject and a predicate. Example:

The stars (subject) are out tonight (predicate).

We know that all the words in the subject part of the sentence is called the “complete subject” and the most important word in the subject is called the “simple subject”. Example:

The stars are out tonight. (Complete subject in red; simple subject in red and underlined).

The same thing goes for the predicate. Example:

The stars are out tonight. (Complete predicate in green; simple predicate in green and underlined).

We know that the simple subject of a sentence is always a noun and a the simple predicate is always a verb.

We know that the subject part of a sentence may have two or more simple subjects and then it becomes known as a compound subject. We know that the predicate part of a sentence may have two or more simple predicates and then it becomes known as a compound predicate.

But what exactly is a simple sentence? Put simply, “a simple sentence is a sentence which has JUST ONE subject and ONE predicate. The simple sentence can consist of just one simple subject and one simple predicate. It can also consist of a compound subject and a compound predicate, or a combination of both a compound subject and a compound predicate.

Below are examples of simple sentences.

John went up the hill. (Simple sentence with a simple subject and a simple predicate).

John went up the hill and filled some water. (Simple sentence with a simple subject and compound predicate).

John and Mary went up the hill. (Simple sentence with a compound subject and a simple predicate).

John and Mary went up the hill and filled some water. (Simple sentence with a compound subject and a compound predicate).

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