The Sentence
The Building Blocks of Grammar...

What is a sentence?

A sentence is a collection of words that form a unit of language that can stand alone and make sense.

The Subject and The Predicate

A sentence can be broken down into the subject and the predicate.

The subject is what the sentence is about.

It can be:

  • a common noun (apple, beer, cat, dog),
  • a proper noun (Elizabeth [name of a woman], Fenstanton [name of a place], Great Britain [name of a country]),
  • a verbal noun (Hiking is great outdoor activity),
  • a noun phrase (The Netflare website is full of great information),
  • a pronoun (They went shopping),
  • a subordinate clause (Why he jumped is a mystery),
  • an infinitive (To improve your English is a worthwhile pursuit).

The predicate is the part of the sentence that gives information about the subject, i.e. the part of the sentence that isn't the subject. It can be a single verb or a number of elements.

For example, the sentence:
The ecommerce website was found on page one of all the search engines.
the words was found on page one of all the search engines form the predicate of the sentence.

The object is the part of the sentence that is acted on or affected by the verb.

It can be a direct or an indirect object.

A direct object is the person or thing that is directly affected by the verb.

An indirect object is the person or thing that benefits from the action.

In the sentence:
Netflare gave the website metadata.
Netflare is the subject
website is the indirect object
metadata is the direct object.

Using proper sentences that contain a subject, predicate and object, will mean that the search engines can analyse your content to determine the context of your keywords.

Using proper sentences that contain a subject, predicate and object, will mean that the search engines can analyse your content to determine the context of your keywords.

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