Sentence Types

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The Declarative Sentence : 

The declarative sentence is the most important type. You can, and often will write entire essays or reports using only declarative sentences, and you should always use them far more often than any other type. A declarative sentence simply states a fact or argument, without requiring either an answer or action from the reader. You punctuate your declarative sentences with a simple period: Eg: Ottawa is the capital of Canada. The distinction between deconstruction and post-modernism eludes me. He asked which path leads back to the lodge. The Declarative Sentence

The Imperative Sentence : 

An interrogative sentence asks a direct question and always ends in a question mark: Eg: How many roads must a man walk down? Does money grow on trees? Note that an indirect question does not make a sentence interrogative: Direct/Interrogative Eg: When was Lester Pearson prime minister? Indirect/Declarative Eg: I wonder when Lester Pearson was prime minister. A direct question requires an answer from the reader, while an indirect question does not. The Imperative Sentence

The Imperative Sentence : 

gives a direct command to someone -- this type of sentence can end either with a period or with an exclamation mark, depending on how forceful the command is: Eg: Sit! Read this book for tomorrow. You should not usually use an exclamation mark with the word "please": Eg: Wash the windows! Please wash the windows. The Imperative Sentence

The Imperative Sentence : 

Normally, you should not use imperative sentences in academic writing. When you do use an imperative sentence, it should usually contain only a mild command, and thus, end with a period: Eg : Consider the Incas. The Imperative Sentence

The Exclamatory Sentence : 

An exclamatory sentence, or exclamation, is simply a more forceful version of a declarative sentence, marked at the end with an exclamation mark: Eg: The butler did it! How beautiful this river is! Some towns in Upper Canada lost up to a third of their population during the cholera epidemics of the early nineteenth century! The Exclamatory Sentence

The Exclamatory Sentence : 

Exclamatory sentences are common in speech and (sometimes) in fiction, but over the last 200 years they have almost entirely disappeared from academic writing. You will (or should) probably never use one in any sort of academic writing, except where you are quoting something else directly. Note that an exclamation mark can also appear at the end of an imperative sentence. The Exclamatory Sentence