Basic Sentence  Structure

The basic structure of a sentence is subject, verb, object. This is shown by the example below:

I see the bird.

A sentence need not have an object, as demonstrated by the following example:

I am.

“I am” is the most elemental of sentences. With this simple arrangement of a subject and verb, one can affirm his or her own basic existence. “I am” mimics the sound and rhythm of simple human respiration. (Try it: breathe in while saying “I” to yourself and breathe out while saying “am.”)

Subject-Verb Agreement


5 responses to “Grammar

  1. Lorena Chavez

    This mini grammar lesson was very helpful and refreshing. Simple grammar rules are easily forgotten while you are writing.

  2. Michelle Pedrigal

    I was taught so many lessons about grammar throughout my school life, yet I never even knew that the words “I am” is like an imitation of our respiration. A simple information, but an intriguing one as well.

  3. Noah Shepherd

    This pretty much sums up the many, many years we had to spend sitting in English class in Elementary, Middle, and High school aside from the other little punctuation rules. They really drilled it into us, but I suppose with good reason. You can’t really get anywhere academically without learning how to write and to write well with neatness, punctuation, and clarity. I didn’t know that the phrase “I am” mimics our respiration in the English language, that’s a neat little fact.

  4. Fahim A

    I don’t know if this sentence is correct: A sentence need not have an object, as demonstrated by the following example:

    Can you please elaborate ?


  5. I would have never thought that “I am” isn’t fragmented. This explanation as to why makes perfect sense though. When first reading this, I imagined “I am” to only be applicable as an answer to a question. After elaborating, it took on a deeper meaning, almost like it would be the perfect monologue to a meditation.
    The fact that “I am” does perfectly mimic the human breathing pattern led me reflect on a famous tennis play who would grunt an unenunciated pair of words every time she returned the ball. The pattern followed human breathing much like “I am” does. Her words, she later explained in interviews, were “not me”.

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