Sentence types

A sentence is a set of words built around a main verb, starting with a capital letter and ending with a full stop or equivalent punctuation mark.

As a group of words, an individual sentence always sounds complete and comes to a natural-seeming end. Sentence variety in a piece of text can create impact, with certain key sentences standing out as being especially effective.

There are three sentence types which all have different impacts on writing:

  • simple
  • compound
  • complex