The Simple Sentence

Last updated: September 12, 2017 at 1:35 am
The Simple SentenceYou may have heard that there are four types or kinds of sentences, but there are actually eight. That is because sentences are classified in two ways:

  1. By structure: simple, compound, complex, compound-complex.
  2. By purpose: declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, imperative.

On this page, we’ll look at the first type of sentence by structure: the simple sentence.

The simple sentence, needless to say, is the “simplest type” of sentence. It is made up of just one subject and one predicate.Here’s an example:

Guyana is a small country.

Subject= what we talk about. (Guyana)

Predicate = what we say about the subject. (is a small country)

The sentence above is an example of the simple sentence. But did you know that there are FOUR PATTERNS of the simple sentence?

Simple Subject + Simple Predicate = Simple Sentence

Simple Subject + Compound Predicate = Simple Sentence

Compound Subject + Simple Predicate = Simple Sentence

Compound Subject + Compound Predicate = Simple Sentence

Simple Subject + Simple Predicate: South American Countries

Simple Subject



All other South American countries

The largest country in South America

The population of Brazil

Brazil is divided

The state of Roraima

Guyana’s population

Many Guyanese



The most educated citizens


Simple Predicate

is an English speaking country.

speak Dutch as their native language.

speak Spanish.

is Brazil.

stands at approximately three million people.

into many different states.

forms a border with Brazil.

is less than one million.

dream of living in a foreign country.

negatively affect Guyana’s development.

tend to migrate fastest.

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