Julie Payette, Canadian astronaut Sentence Structure Marc Garneau, Canadian astronaut

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What is a sentence? A sentence is a clause expresssing a complete thought. Remember the following points:

  • Inside a sentence there is always a SUBJECT and a PREDICATE.
  • The subject is the person or thing doing the action or being in the sentence while the predicate is the actual action or statement word.
  • A PHRASE (a group of words either senseless or meaningful) can be added to a sentence without altering the pattern of SUBJECT and PREDICATE.
  • Likewise, a CLAUSE (a unit that contains a subject and predicate itself) can be added to a sentence.
  • Both a clause and a phrase are MODIFIERS in a basic sentences.
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