A single sentence is a sentence that has one subject-verb combination.
The subject in a simple sentence may be compound (My mother and I are completely different.) The verb may also be compound (They laughed and cried at the same time). What is important is that there is only one subject-verb combination in a simple sentence.
These are simple sentences. Notice that no commas are used in them.
My younger sister speaks English well
My mother and father speak English well.
My older brother is a lawyer and has a good job.
My mother and father speak and write English well.
The simple sentences above can be written as formulas
SV———simple subject with simple verb
SSV_____Compound subject with simple verb
SVV——-simple subject with compound verb
SSVV—–compound subject with compound verb
The following sentences are not simple sentences because they have two subject-verb combinations. They are compound sentences, and their formulas look like this: SV, (connecting word) SV.
My brother lives in New York, and my sister lives in Paris
My older brother is a college graduate, but he can’t find a job
Continue Sentence Structure
Simple Sentence Patterns
Identify the pattern in the following simple sentences.
Underline the subjects with one line
Underline the verbs with two lines
Write S or V above each underlined word.
Finally, write the formula for the sentence in the numbered space below.
My grandfather loves to fish and often takes me with him to his favorite fishing place
(1)My grandfather is old in years but young in spirit. (2) Every day, he swims a mile and works in his garden. (3) He and my grandmother were married fifty years ag (4) They have four children and ten grandchildren. (5) My grandfather loves parties and invites our entire family to his house for a big dinner on his birthday. (6) All twenty of us eat and tell stories half the night. (7) He never gets tired and is always the last to go to bed. (8) On his las birthday, my brothers and I gave him a present. (9) We all put our money together and bought him a video game system. (10) now he wants us to come over to his house every weekend.