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VIDEOS:
Excellent basic video.
Learn about sentence punctuation from one of my favorite online teachers, Jennifer.
ESOL - Grammar and Pronunciation: Grammar
Watch a video of an ESOL teacher teaching a class about making sentences. (cityofboston.gov)
English Grammar Compound and Complex Sentences
Wonderful video about creating complex and compound sentences.

WEBPAGES
Clearly written explanation. Look for the verb first! (hubpages.com)
Every sentence has a subject. Learn about it here. (chompchomp.com)
Nice definition of 'sentence' (see above.) All about what makes a sentence, kinds of sentences, finding the verb, finding the subject.
Five ways to construct a sentence. Excellent, more advanced description.
An advanced description on how to understand the differences between groups of words that are sentences and groups of words that are not sentences.
A good explanation of how sentences are constructed. (esl.fis.edu)

Speak a sentence: Take a breath. Say the sentence. Stop and take another breath.
Write a sentence: Start with a CAPITAL LETTER. End with a period or other ending punctuation.

What is a sentence?

A sentence is a group of words that you put together to mean something. A spoken sentence usually ends with the voice going up or down, and with a short pause. A written sentence starts with a capital letter and ends with a full stop (.), question mark (?) or exclamation mark (!). 

 About punctuation

Read this:
Make your sentences make sense! 'Make sense' means 'be clear and comprehensible.' It means that someone can understand what you are trying to say.

Now read this:
make. Your sentences Make sense 'make sense' .means 'be clear and comprehensible'? it means That. someone can understand what you are. Trying to say

Does it make sense?
No!

Did you notice that all the words are the same? I changed only the punctuation and capitalization. The word order is the same. The words are the same. This tells you how important punctuation and capitalization are.

Every sentence must have a verb.
Most sentences have at least one noun, too. But it is possible for a sentence to have ONLY a verb. Here is a very short sentence:

GO!

It has ONLY a verb! It is a "command" or "imperative" sentence. 

Most sentences have at least one noun, too. This sentence has a proper noun and a verb. The verb tells you what terry does.

Terry dances.

The topic of sentences is very big. For more information, visit the links in the "More" section at the top of the page.

The parts of a sentence

A sentence has two parts: a subject, and a predicate.

The subject is who or what the sentence is about. The predicate is everything else. It includes a verb. Sometimes there are other parts.

In the following sentences, the subject is bold, and the predicate is italic. The verb is underlined.

Andy ran.
That tall man got off the bus.
All my children are beautiful.
She didn't eat dinner last night.
I wish I could sing like he does.
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