1. Capital at the beginning
a. The first letter of the first word in a sentence must be
b. It does not matter what the first word is; it is always
For example: A kindergarten child is so cute.
2. All makes sense
a. A sentence must make sense.
b. If a phrase has four of the other things a sentence must
have, but it leaves you hanging and does not make sense, then it is not a
1) When the boy ran. This is not a complete sentence
because it leaves you hanging.
2) The boy ran though the woods. This is a complete
sentence because it has all five things a sentence must have.
a. A sentence must have a verb (action or BHL—being verb, helping verb, linking verb).
b. This tells what the subject does or is.
For example: The boys played football in the snow.
4. End mark
a. A sentence must have ending punctuation:
1) a period (.)
2) an exclamation point (!)
3) question mark (?)
1) The boys are playing football.
a. A sentence must have a subject.
b. This is what or whom the sentence is about.
The following acronym will help you to remember these five things:
Capital at the beginning
All makes sense
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