Understanding the 4 Kinds of Sentences
with Scriptural Examples from The Holy Bible
( Definitions were taken from The Macmillan English Series: Teacher's Annotated Edition, Book 11, The Macmillan Company, New York, 1964 by Thomas Clark Pollock, Marion C. Sheridan, Dorothy Williams, and Charles Stone.)
Compiled by Melineze Logan Hite
There are 4 Kinds of Sentences. They are as follows: the declarative sentence, the imperative sentence, the interrogative sentence, and the exclamatory sentence.
The declarative sentence is used to make a statement. Use a period at the close of every declarative sentence.
"No man hath seen God at any time."
John I 4:12
"I and my Father are one." John 10:30
" And Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life." Samuel I 7:15
The imperative sentence is used to state a command, request, or direction. Often the subject is the understood "you". Use a period usually at the end of this sentence.
"Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity." Psalm 37:1
"Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart." Timothy II 2:22
"Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil." Psalm 37:8
The interrogative sentence is used to ask a question. Use a question mark at the end of this sentence.
"Why died I not from the womb? Why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?"
"For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?" Corinthian II 6:14
"Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?" Daniel 3:24
The exclamatory sentence is used to express strong feeling. Place an exclamation point after an exclamatory sentence.
"Lord, how are they increased that trouble me!" Psalm 3:1
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!"
"Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!" Zephaniah 3:1
Practice recognizing the kind of sentence you are reading. What kind of sentence is that?
Yes, it is an imperative sentence. It's fun!
What kind of sentence is that one mainly? Yes, it is an exclamatory sentence, and it is indeed a fact.
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