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Chapter 13. Sentence and Sensibility > I Know It When I See It: The Sentence - Pg. 125

125 Chapter 13. Sentence and Sensibility In This Chapter · Define the sentence · Learn about the four kinds of sentences · Discover the four sentence functions · Correct run-ons and fragments If someone asked you to define a sentence, do you think you could? You might be tempted to say, "No way!" I bet you do know a sentence when you see it. Prove me right; pick out the sentence from these four groups of words: · · · · Throughout people's ears grow entire their lives. Grow throughout people's entire ears lives their. Entire throughout lives ears grow people's their. People's ears grow throughout their entire lives. Each of the four groups contains exactly the same words, but only one is a sentence: the last one. You were able to pick out the sentence so easily because you have an innate knowledge of how English works--knowledge you have absorbed from reading, speaking, listening, and watching. But perhaps you need a little more work on sentences. Maybe you're not sure about the different kinds of sentences and how they're used. That's what this chapter is all about. First, you learn about the two main parts of the sentence: the subject and the predicate. Then I teach you the four different types of sentences: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. Next come the four dif- ferent sentence functions. Along the way, you learn how to fix the two most common sentence errors: fragments and run-ons. You Could Look It Up A sentence is a group of words that express a complete thought. I Know It When I See It: The Sentence Sentence: Stop! Sentence: You stop!