Sentence – phrase
Let's Define It!
What's a *sentence*?
A sentence (or une phrase in French) is a set/group of words that is complete, that is, self-sufficient, self-contained and which usually contains a subject, a predicate.
Une phrase can convey a declaration (statement), question, command or exclamation.
A written sentence must always start with an uppercase letter and must end with either a fill stop (.), question mark (?), exclamation mark (!) or suspension marks (...)
There are 2 main types of sentences:
la phrase simple (simple sentence) --> Je vais à l'école demain. I'm going to school tomorrow.
la phrase complexe (compound sentence). --> Je vais à l'école qui se trouve derrière le jardin public. I'm going to the school that is located behind the public garden.
While a simple sentence is contains only one verb and a subject, a compound one may consist of a main clause and one or more subordinate clauses.
Let's Pronounce It!
What does it sound like in French?
Let's Have an Example or Two!
Can a little reinforcement do the trick?
Find below a few French sentences.
Quelle belle maison! -->What a nice house!
Serez-vous présent à la fête, monsieur? -->Will you be present at the party, sir?
Viens ici! --> Come here!
Je sais la réponse à cette question. -->I know the answer to this question.