Basic sentence patterns
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  • 1.  A knowledge of basic sentence structure is necessary to write well.  Once the basic patterns have been learned, the study of more complicated patterns will be easier.
  • 2.  In each of the six basic sentence patterns, the function of the verb and the nature of the complement or completer required by the verb, are what distinguishes one pattern from another.
  • 3. Pattern 1: S-IV pattern  Made up of a subject and a verb plus any modifiers there is no complement or completer; therefore, the verb is intransitive Example: Traditions exist. S IV
  • 4. Pattern 2: S-TV-DO pattern  Made of a subject and a verb and a direct object. The verb is transitive because it is acting upon an object directly Example: The Filipino had oral traditions. S TV DO
  • 5. Pattern 3: S-LV-C pattern  The third pattern is composed of a subject, linking verb and complement. It uses the verb "be" and all its forms; be, is, am, are, was, were, been, being. Example: The poems were incantations. S LV C
  • 6. Pattern 4: S-TV-IO-DO pattern  Consists of a subject, a verb, an indirect object, and a direct object. Example: The book gave them magic formulas. S TV IO DO
  • 7. Pattern 5: S-TV-DO-OC pattern  Consists of a subject, a verb, direct object and objective complement. The objective complement, which is either a noun that renames the direct object or an adjective that describes the direct object. Example: They considered Dr. Rizal wise. S TV DO OC
  • 8. Pattern 6:V-S inverted pattern  V stands forTV, IV, or LV.The subject comes after the verb. Usually uses there and it. Example: There is a Chinese in that store. SLV