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Common Core: 7.L.1b

Simple Sentences

Author: Sydney Bauer

This lesson introduces simple sentences and how they are constructed.

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Simple Sentences


A simple sentence is made up of one independent clause. In order for a clause to be independent, it must be able to stand on its own as a sentence, which means it needs a subject (a noun) and a predicate (a verb).


If we meet these basic requirements, we get short simple sentences:

  • Jacob cried.
  • Susan laughed.
  • Betsy jumped.


Simple sentences can also be long and contain phrases that expand the sentence. Remember that phrases lack the subject-verb combination that clauses have. Each example has one subject and one predicate.

  • The dish and spoon ran away.
  • The dish did not want to go too far.
  • The little dog laughed to see such sport.
  • The fancy, silver spoon was happy to be along for the ride.
  • The butcher and the baker walked into the hanging beam above the doorway.
  • He loved swimming out over the waves into the great expanse of the ocean and feeling so very small.



Simple Sentences