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Chapter 13. Sentence and Sensibility > I Know It When I See It: The Sentence - Pg. 126

Sentence and Sensibility 126 Sentence: You better stop right now. Each of these three word groups is a sentence. That's because they each meet the three require- ments for a sentence. To be a sentence, a group of words must ... · Have a subject (noun or pronoun). · Have a predicate (verb or verb phrase). · Express a complete thought. Strictly Speaking How can "Stop!" be a sentence, when it's clearly lacking a subject? It is a sentence because the subject, you, is understood rather than stated outright. A one-word command is the shortest possible English sentence. A sentence has two parts: a subject and a predicate. The subject includes the noun or pronoun that tells what the subject is about. The predicate includes the verb that describes what the subject is doing. Here are some examples of complete sentences. Subject You New York City The forward with the knee brace Predicate stop! is called the "Big Apple." made 10 baskets. Seek and Ye Shall Find Being able to recognize the subject and the verb in a sentence will help you make sure that your