Sentence Formation in English – Tenses

Human beings have a tendency to share their feelings, emotions and experiences with others. One needs a suitable medium to convey all this to others. Language is the best suited medium to be used for this. Language differs from place to place & person to person. Language is a broader term. However a sentence is used to convey the message.

Language is the most effective system for communication created by humans. It records and describes every activity performed by humans, establishing very succinctly the truth of the adage”mind over matter”. When we use language we are constantly transforming matter into words through the help of sounds.

If gone by dictionary meaning, a sentence is a combination of words arranged in a systematic and meaningful way.

A group of jumbled words does not form a meaningful sentence.

A sentence basically comprises of three main parts namely Subject, Verb & Object. The latter two collectively form predicate.

Instead of going after nomenclature one should try to understand the basics first.It is therefore very essential to learn the formation of a sentence.

For formation of a sentence we make use of TENSES.

Tenses denote time when a particular work is being accomplished. Tenses are of following types.

English-Grammar-Tenses

 

Before learning about tenses it is necessary to know that in English Language there are types of persons used to express about a subject or an object.

English-Tenses_KindOfPersons

 

The words I,we,you,he,she & they are used in the part Subject of the sentence.
Words Me,us,you, him,her and them are used in the part Object of the sentence whereas words my,our,your,his,her and their are used to show relationship of subject with object.

For example:

  • I draw a picture.
  • You sing a song.
  • Boys play a match.

In these sentences, I, You and Boys are Subject.

Draw, sing and play are verbs.

A picture, a song and a match are Objects in the respective sentences.
In other words I, You and Boys form Subject the remaining portions of sentences are predicate.

 

Please Test your Knowledge, Practice test exercise 1

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