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What is a sentence?

 

Definition
 

A sentence is a grammatical unit that is composed of one or more clauses.

Discussion
 

The meaning of the term sentence may be expanded to include elliptical material and nonproductive items.

 
Examples:
  • After lunch. (in reply to When do you start?)
  • Yes.
  • Hello.
Example (English)
 
  • I am reading a book.
  • Kinds
      Here are some kinds of sentences:
     
    Generic
      A sentence is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Crystal 1980 319–320

     

    Hartmann and Stork 1972 206

     

    Pei and Gaynor 1954 194

     

    Pike and Pike 1982 456–457

     

    Mish 1991 1072


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