Declarative sentences are simply statements that relay information. They are the most common type of sentences in the English language. A declarative sentence states the facts or an opinion and lets the reader know something specific. It always ends with a period.
Some basic declarative sentence examples are:
A compound declarative sentence joins two related phrases together. The phrases are joined by a comma and a conjunction such as and, yet, or but. The phrases can also be joined by a semicolon, with or without a transition word such as however, besides or therefore. Some examples of compound declarative sentences are:
The following are more examples of declarative sentences, from very simple to more complex. As you will see, all declaratives end in a period and are informative statements. They can also express an opinion.
Declarative sentences are the basic building blocks of conversation and writing. To ask a question, issue a command or make an exclamation you would use a different type of sentence: interrogative, imperative or exclamatory. You can see the difference in these examples:
Interrogative sentences are questions asked in order to obtain information. They end in a question mark.
Interrogative: Did he eat lunch? Declarative: He ate lunch.
Imperative sentences can either end in a period or exclamation point. They are used to express commands or requests.
Imperative: Sit down. Declarative: She sits down.
Exclamatory sentences may have the same words as a declarative but the punctuation is different. The exclamation point gives the sentence more feeling.
Exclamatory: I'm tired! Declarative: I'm tired.
Now we know that declarative sentences make a statement that simply gives the facts or an opinion and end in a period. They tell the reader what is going on in a direct way. Declarative sentences are the most common type of sentences and are found in most writing, from creative to business. When you want to get the facts across with little fanfare, you will use a declarative sentence.