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Types of SentencesWe use sentences for many different reasons. Sometimes we want to tell others something. Sometimes we want to ask something. Sometimes we want to tell others to do something. Sometimes we want to show how strongly we feel about something. There is a different kind of sentence for each of these four purposes.
The Declarative Sentence tells or states something. It uses a period (.) at the end of the sentence. Example: Tomorrow is my birthday.
The Interragative Sentence asks a quesiton. It uses a question mark (?) at the end of the sentence. Example: Do you like baseball?
The Imparative Sentence makes a request or gives directions. Very often in an imparative sentence, (You) are the subject. It uses a period (.) at the end of the sentence. Example: Do your homework.
The Exclamatory Sentence shows strong feeling. It uses an exlamation point (!) at the end of the sentence. Example: (What a beautiful rainbow!)
To remember these sentence types, use the following mental clues:
Declarative sounds like Declaration of Independence which makes a statement about our freedoms.
Interragative sounds like interrogate which is what the police do when they want to get information from you.
Imparative sounds like important things to do right now.
Exclamatory sounds like exciting stuff.
Read the following sentences and slide them into the correct catagory.