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simple sentence

a sentence having only one clause, as I saw her the day before yesterday. Unabridged
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  • That was all he said, and yet in his simple sentence was much.

    The Plunderer Roy Norton
  • At the end of that simple sentence he stuck, and because of it Jack Roberts blushed.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • But she was completely outclassed by that one simple sentence.

    Scarlet and Hyssop E. F. Benson
  • A simple sentence, therefore, will contain but one subject and one predicate.

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    Marian Wharton
  • No. 20 is a simple sentence, with a complex sentence in parenthesis.

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    Marian Wharton
  • The modifiers in a simple sentence are always words or phrases.

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    Marian Wharton
  • Our starting point in this study will be the simple sentence.

  • A simple sentence consists of a verb, its subject, and its object.

    Word Study and English Grammar Frederick W. Hamilton
  • What a frightful reproach there was to him in that simple sentence!

British Dictionary definitions for simple sentence

simple sentence

a sentence consisting of a single main clause Compare compound sentence, complex sentence
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simple sentence definition

A sentence containing only one independent clause and no dependent clauses: “He went home after class.” (Compare complex sentence, compound sentence, and compound-complex sentence.)

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