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What is a sentence?



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


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

  • 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:
      A sentence is a kind of

    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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