Writing Complete Sentences

Part 1

Vocabulary

First, let's take a look at the vocabulary, or important words, that you need to know for this lesson.



noun - this is a part of speech. A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea.
Examples: Ms. Sarno (person), Pennsylvania (place), chair (thing), love (idea)


verb - this is also a part of speech. A verb can express an action, or a state of being or condition. Examples: run, or running (actions); is, seemed (state of being)



sentence - a group of words that form a complete thought. Example: Ms. Sarno teaches Language Arts at PALCS.



subject - who or what the sentence is mainly about, or who or what is doing the main action in the sentence. The subject is almost always a noun (person, place, or thing). Example: in the sentence Ms. Sarno teaches Language Arts at PALCS., Ms. Sarno is the subject.



predicate - in a sentence, the predicate tells what the subject is doing, or tells something about the subject. A complete predicate includes the verb and all of the words that complete the thought in the sentence. Example: in the sentence Ms. Sarno teaches Language Arts at PALCS., the word teaches is the verb, and the phrase teaches Language Arts at PALCS is the complete predicate.



fragment - an incomplete sentence, or a sentence that does not include a complete thought, or does not include both a subject and a predicate. Example: Teaches Language Arts at PALCS. This is not a complete sentence, because there is no subject - just a predicate!