Sentence Types
Fredrick bought a new bike.

Sentence Types

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Whether writing or speaking, there are four basic or common types of sentences that are used. These sentence types include: declarative, imperative, interrogative and exclamatory.

A declarative sentence makes a statement and ends with a period (.).

Example: Fredrick bought a new bike.

Imperative sentences give directions, instructions or commands. These types of sentences also end with a period (.).

Example: Finish your homework before watching any TV.

Interrogative sentences ask a question and end with a question mark (?).

Example: What are the ingredients needed to make a chocolate cake?

Exclamatory sentences are sentences that express strong emotions and excitement. They end with an exclamation point (!).

Example: The sunrise this morning was absolutely amazing!

1.
For the sentence below, determine which type of sentence it is and which mark should be used.

I can’t get over how beautiful she looks in her wedding dress_
Declarative (.)
Imperative (.)
Interrogative (?)
Exclamatory (!)
The message being given in this sentence is one that shows emotion or excitement over how she looks in her wedding dress. When expressing an emotion we need to use an exclamation point at the end of the sentence to show that emotion. That makes this sentence an exclamatory sentence so Answer (d) is the correct answer.
2.
For the sentence below, determine which type of sentence it is and which mark should be used.

Stop hitting your brother or I’ll pull the car over_
Declarative (.)
Imperative (.)
Interrogative (?)
Exclamatory (!)
The word “stop” is a verb and when used as the first word in a sentence it alerts you that a direction or command is being given. As imperative sentences give instructions or demands, we can easily determine that the correct answer to this question is Answer (b).
3.
For the sentence below, determine which type of sentence it is and which mark should be used.

Did you remember to lock the house up before your left_
Declarative (.)
Imperative (.)
Interrogative (?)
Exclamatory (!)
When the word “did” is used as the first word in a sentence it alerts you that a question is going to be asked. Other words that will alert you that a question is being asked include “what”, “where”, “when”, “who”, “why”, “how” and “do” when they appear as the first word in a sentence. This sentence begins with “did” so that quickly alerts us to know that this sentence is an interrogative sentence. Answer (c) is the correct answer.
4.
For the sentence below, determine which type of sentence it is and which mark should be used.

I actually won tickets for a five day cruise_
Declarative (.)
Imperative (.)
Interrogative (?)
Exclamatory (!)
The message being given in this sentence is one that shows emotion or excitement over having won tickets. When expressing an emotion we need to use an exclamation point at the end of the sentence to show that emotion. That makes this sentence an exclamatory sentence so Answer (d) is the correct answer.
5.
For the sentence below, determine which type of sentence it is and which mark should be used.

Why are some people taller than other people_
Declarative (.)
Imperative (.)
Interrogative (?)
Exclamatory (!)
When the word “why” is used as the first word in a sentence it alerts you that a question is going to be asked. Other words that will alert you that a question is being asked include “what”, “where”, “when”, “who”, “how”, “do” and “did” when they appear as the first word in a sentence. This sentence begins with “why” so that quickly alerts us to know that this sentence is an interrogative sentence. Answer (c) is the correct answer.
6.
For the sentence below, determine which type of sentence it is and which mark should be used.

She squealed when a little puppy popped his head out of the basket_
Declarative (.)
Imperative (.)
Interrogative (?)
Exclamatory (!)
The message being given in this sentence is one that shows emotion or excitement over how she reacted when she saw the puppy’s head pop up out of the basket. When expressing an emotion we need to use an exclamation point at the end of the sentence to show that emotion. That makes this sentence an exclamatory sentence so Answer (d) is the correct answer.
7.
For the sentence below, determine which type of sentence it is and which mark should be used.

Mr. Hendrickson is the new football coach_
Declarative (.)
Imperative (.)
Interrogative (?)
Exclamatory (!)
This sentence is making a simple statement about who the new football coach is. It is not asking a question. It is not giving us instruction. It is not expressing a strong emotion. It is, therefore, a simple declarative statement. The correct answer is Answer (a).
8.
For the sentence below, determine which type of sentence it is and which mark should be used.

Can I have some money to go to the movies_
Declarative (.)
Imperative (.)
Interrogative (?)
Exclamatory (!)
When the word “can” is used as the first word in a sentence it alerts you that a question is going to be asked. Other words that will alert you that a question is being asked include “what”, “where”, “when”, “who”, “how”, “do” and “did” when they appear as the first word in a sentence. This sentence begins with “Can” so that quickly alerts us to know that this sentence is an interrogative sentence. Answer (c) is the correct answer.
9.
For the sentence below, determine which type of sentence it is and which mark should be used.

Clean up the mess you made in the kitchen before going to bed_
Declarative (.)
Imperative (.)
Interrogative (?)
Exclamatory (!)
In this sentence instructions are being given, i.e., “Clean up the mess you made in the kitchen.” A sentence that gives direction or a command is an imperative sentence. Therefore, Answer (b) is the correct sentence type.
10.
For the sentence below, determine which type of sentence it is and which mark should be used.

I live in a red brick house_
Declarative (.)
Imperative (.)
Interrogative (?)
Exclamatory (!)
This sentence is making a simple statement about what kind of a house I live in. It is not asking a question. It is not giving us instruction. It is not expressing a strong emotion. It is, therefore, a simple declarative statement. The correct answer is Answer (a).
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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