Simple Sentence in English (with Definition and Examples)

There are various types of sentences in English which you should familiar with. This post tagged Simple Sentence in English (with Definition and Examples) focuses on just one of them: the simple sentence. Here is all you need to know…

Simple Sentence in English (with Definition and Examples)

Let us begin with the definition of a sentence, then we shall answer the question what is a simple sentence? And provide lots of examples. Shall we?

Sentence Definition

It is said that a sentence has over 200 hundred definitions that scholars have provided. I am sure we cannot list all the definitions here. But suffice to say that a sentence is a group of words that expresses a thought. Three punctuation marks usually end a sentence and they are the full stop (period), the question mark and the exclamation mark. See the post (The Simple Sentence-Definitions and Constituents) for more information on this.

Simple Sentence

A simple sentence is one of the types of sentences classifications in English structure. (See Types of Sentences According to Structure). We classify English sentences based on the way they appear (structure) and what they do (function). These are the two basic classifications. (See Types of Sentences According to Function). A simple sentence is sentence that has only one main clause. You will need to read The English Clause to understand what a clause is. You can also see Types of Clauses in English and Types of Sentences in English. So do not forget: a simple sentence has only one main clause!

Simple Sentence Definition

To put it simply as explained above, a simple sentence is simple because of the presence of one independent clause without a subordinate or dependent clause. A simple sentence conveys one idea or thought as expressed in the one clause it has.

One clause Sentence

Some people refer to a simple sentence as one clause sentence because that is what it contains. If there are two or more clauses, then we are already referring to another type of sentence but not a simple sentence. Simply put, you can refer to a simple sentence as a one clause sentence.

Simple Sentence Structure

The structure of the simple sentence is that it contains one main clause, we can break it into two parts: subject and predicate. In addition, a simple sentence has a subject that is followed by a verb. (See Syntactic Elements of the English Clause Structure).

 Simple Sentence Examples

Here is a provision of simple sentences examples in various comprehensible ways…

10 Simple Sentences

Find below 10 (ten) simple sentences at a glance as some people like it:

  1. The train is electric.
  2. Answer five questions in all.
  3. Many people attended the show.
  4. We have come home from bloodless wars.
  5. Antioxidants fight the effects of free radicals.
  6. There are other surprising health benefits of beans.
  7. This gets you free content and engages your followers.
  8. A sentence is a group of words that expresses a thought.
  9. Beans plays an important role in blood cholesterol levels.
  10. Beans are rich in a type of antioxidant called polyphenols.

20 Examples of Simple Sentences

Some people prefer to have a block of 20 examples of simple sentence all at once; for those in that category, this is for you:

  1. I have taken the lowest possible earnings from all the four sources.
  2. Young kids are developmentally sensitive to stresses of family separation.
  3. We must carefully look at the position of the nation’s constitution on the issue of state police.
  4. Black Panther grossed hundreds of millions of dollars.
  5. You can also sell your Ad space directly for lots of cool cash on a monthly basis or weekly basis.
  6. I believe in the ability and potential of every student of this great citadel of learning.
  7. It is an honour and privilege for me on a day like this.
  8. Our schools must strive at all times to ensure academic achievement among the students.
  9. In life, people should not lean on their own understanding alone in matters of grave importance.
  10. Russia plays host to the 2018 edition of the World Cup.
  11. Capitalism is practised in some developed nations of the world.
  12. Hard work and diligence should be the watchword of any would-be success.
  13. This is just the beginning of good things in this nation.
  14. Teachers and school administrators hold the highest standards for all students in terms of moral rectitude.
  15. The road ahead is long with no ending in sight.
  16. This collection marks a turning point in the field of digital humanities.
  17. With the advent of the World Wide Web, digital humanities has broadened its reach.
  18. Digital humanities also concerns itself with the creation of new artifacts.
  19. There is a symbiotic relationship between human record and Information Technology.
  20. Researches on computing in the humanities has spanned about fifty years.

Simple Sentences for Kids

Are you a kid? Then read on! However, if you are not a kid, skip the section! (Don’t mind me…I’m just pulling your legs). In our explanations and examples of simple sentences, it is not out of place to accommodate the kids especially with reference to the ones they can easily comprehend. So kids, let me give you some simple sentences you can easily relate with. See the following:

  • My daddy is a man.
  • I am five years old.
  • My school is beautiful.
  • I have a big Spiderman toy.
  • Mummy has a baby.
  • I love chocolate.
  • She cannot dance.
  • I play games on my daddy’s phone.
  • My sister is beautiful.
  • Uncle John helps me with my assignment.

Short Simple Sentences

Characteristically, simple sentences are short. The reason is not farfetched from the thought they convey in the one clause they contain. If you have to say so much, you may have to use other types of sentences according to structure to express your ideas as a simple sentence may not suffice unless you make use of embedded clauses which if not properly handled can result in a convoluted and unwieldy sentence. So let us see some short simple sentences…

  • So be it.
  • Let us pray.
  • We should pray.
  • I like cheese.
  • We shall leave early.
  • He likes food.
  • They travelled to London last week.
  • The examinations begin on Monday.
  • The country goes to the polls next month.
  • I will see you tomorrow for the money.

Long Simple Sentences

There are some sentences that ordinarily do not look like simple sentences because of their length; but length does not determine what a simple sentence is. A sentence can be short and not simple; likewise, a sentence can be very long and it would still be a simple sentence. So let me give you examples of long simple sentences…

  • Massive cancellation of results followed the massive leakage of the national examination in the year in question.
  • The sincerity and durability of American negotiating efforts could also affect looming talks between Mr. Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.
  • They must soon choose whether to fight Mr. Trump’s decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran.
  • The New York Times is an American newspaper in New York City with worldwide influence and readership.
  • In an interview with the Hausa service of the Voice of America, he voiced strong reservations about the now-popular call for state police in line with the principles of federalism.


This post has given you insights on the simple sentence with copious examples. Do well to share this post with your friends. You can also check out this related post: Patterns of the English Simple Sentence and Syntactic Elements of the English Clause Structure. Send in your comment, questions and observations. See you around.

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