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Types of Sentences

Sentences can be classified according to the purpose the sentence serves and the manner in which the thought is expressed.

Sentences may be classified as declarative, imperative, interrogative or exclamatory.

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Declarative / Assertive Sentence

A declarative or assertive sentence states a fact, opinion or idea.
Most sentences are declarative. A declarative sentence is followed by a period (.).


He sold cakes to the class.
No, I do not like to eat fish.

Imperative Sentence

An imperative sentence gives a command or a request.

Imperative sentences do not have a subject as you is the implied subject. The imperative sentence is usually followed by a period (.). Very strong commands may be followed by an exclamation point (!).


Go to your room now.

Interrogative Sentence

An interrogative sentence asks a question.
An interrogative sentence is followed by a question mark (?).


Have you ever seen a flying fish?
Would you like another piece of pie?

Exclamatory Sentence

An exclamatory sentence expresses strong feeling. The exclamatory sentence always ends with an exclamation point.


That sounds incredible!
I can’t believe that you didn’t show up!


This song and lesson help students memorize the 4 types of English sentences: declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory.

This is a rock video to help teach about the four basic types of sentences. Visit Grammarheads for more grammar lessons.


This video explores the four types of sentences in the English language - Declarative, Exclamatory, Imperative and Interrogative.

Lesson in Types / Kinds of Sentences

Kinds of Sentences
Declarative, Interrogative, Exclamatory, Imperative

4 Kinds of Sentence Tutorial and Song
This video explains the four kinds of sentences: declarative, imperative interrogative, and exclamatory.


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