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Writing a Complete Sentence



Writing a Complete Sentence
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.05

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    predicate, writing, command, assignment, actually, subject, imperative, pronoun, poodle, verb, such, test, eager, simple, state, reader


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Writing a Complete Sentence
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     Your teacher hands back your latest writing assignment. She takes care to fold yours so that the other students can't see your grade. Uh-oh! That can't be good. You bend over your paper and carefully unfold it. Your grade is a "D." How can that be? You thought you did well on this one.
 
2     You look over your paper carefully. Written in the margins, many times, are the words "not a complete sentence." No wonder you got such a poor grade. But, just what is a complete sentence?
 
3     A complete sentence has a subject and a verb. No kidding, a sentence can have just two words and be complete. For example: Dogs bark. This is a complete sentence. It has a subject, dogs. And it has a verb, bark. Actually, some sentences only have one word. "Look!" is a sentence. The subject, you, is understood. This is a special kind of sentence called an imperative sentence. It gives a command. All this sounds simple, right? But your teacher is no doubt expecting something more from you. As you write more complicated sentences, how can you tell if they are complete?

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