Different types of sentence suit different purposes. Using a variety of sentence types is a key factor to effective writing.
Which of the following describes a complex sentence?
It communicates more than one idea, but the ideas are not equal
It communicates only one idea
It communicates more than one idea, and each idea has equal weight
Which of the following sentences starts with a noun phrase?
I ran as fast as I could
The fat frog jumped out of the pond
It will be much quicker to travel in the car, than on the bike
In the following sentence, which is the verb's subject and which is the verb's object?
The excited boy ran to his father.
The subject is running and the object is the father
The subject is the father and the object is the boy
The subject is the boy and the object is the father
Can you identify the main clause in the following sentence?
Even though he drove with care he failed the test.
Even though he drove
Even though he drove with care
He failed the test
I like cheese and onion sandwiches.
I like sandwiches
I like cheese and onion
Cheese and onion sandwiches
During the week my shop opens at 8:45am.
During the week my shop opens at 8:45am
My shop opens at 8:45am
During the week
The loser of the race buys everybody else an ice cream.
The loser buys everybody else an ice cream
Of the race
The loser of the race buys everybody else an ice cream
Which of these is the correct definition of a simple sentence?
A simple sentence consists of one clause that has a subject and a verb
A simple sentence consists of one clause that has a subject and a noun
A simple sentence consists of one clause. Nothing else is important
Which of the following sentences is a compound sentence?
The girl was tired
The tall girl sat on the grass, rested her head on her hands, and stared into the distance
The stars were shining brightly and they looked as if they were dancing
Writers sometimes use fragments of sentences. In the following example, which is the fragment?
He searched everywhere. There was nothing to be found. Nothing. He might as well just give up.
There was nothing to be found