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P U N C T U A T I O N .
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Types of Sentences
Declarative sentences tell you something.
They are also referred to as statements.
Declarative sentences end with a period (.)
I would like to eat a peanut butter sandwich.
My favorite color is green.
I went to the beach this summer.
The girls are going for a walk.
The Eagles play tonight.
Interrogative sentences ask questions.
They end with a question mark (?)
They usually start with
who, what, when, where, why, how, or do
Do you want to play kickball at lunch?
Where did you go this summer?
What is your favorite book to read?
How do you like your eggs cooked?
Why did you say that?
Imperative sentences tell you to do something.
They are also called commands.
Imperative sentences usually end with a period (.)
but sometimes end with an exclamation mark (!)
Put your bookbags in the closet.
Don’t run in the street!
Please take out your math books.
Clean your room.
Exclamatory sentences show strong emotion.
They end with an exclamation point (!)
That was a great play!
Wow, look at that beautiful rainbow!
I’m so excited!
Get out of here!
I’m so angry I could scream!