What you need to know about Basic Sentence Structure in English.
There are five basic sentence patterns in English.* They are as follows:
- S – V (Subject Verb) Example: We finished.
- S – V – O (Subject Verb Object) Example: The kids are playing basketball.
- S – LV- Adj. (Subject Linking Verb Adjective) Example: That man is funny.
- S – LV – Noun (Subject Linking Verb Noun) Example: Jenna is a doctor.
- S – LV – Adv. (Subject Linking Verb Adverb / Prepositional Phrase) The Smiths are here.
Most English sentences have these structures at the “core.” Additional elements are added to the basic structures to make sentences more interesting.
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*There are a few other structures, such as S – V – IO – DO, which we will deal with in other pages.