The English language is like Legos.
If you want to build a solid structure, you need to put down the first few blocks in the right place.
That’s why learning basic English sentences is so important!
You need to know the basics before you can build a beautiful castle with your words.
The wonderful thing about English (and languages in general) is that once you know the basics, learning gets a lot easier!
By learning some easy English sentences, you are setting yourself up for understanding all English conversation.
You can start with a sentence like this:
“I like cats.”
From there, you can add details:
“I like cats of the Turkish Van breed.”
And even increase the complexity of the sentence structure:
“I like Turkish Van cats because, unlike many other cats, they love to swim!”
Isn’t it crazy how we just went from the most basic sentence, to a complex one with plenty of detail?
Even the most complicated sentences start with a simple structure.
This means that even advanced learners can benefit from knowing the basic parts of a sentence.
Learn basic sentence structures, and you will be learning a valuable lesson—no matter what your level of English is.
Understanding Parts of Speech
To understand easy English sentences, you need to break them down into even smaller parts.
Sentences are made up of words. More specifically, they are made up of parts of speech. A part of speech defines what a word does in a sentence.
The parts of speech are:
Noun: A person, place or thing. Examples: Cat, table, king.
Pronoun: A word used in place of a noun. Examples: He, she, they.
Verb: An action word. Examples: Swim, is, write.
Adjective: A word that modifies (changes) or describes a noun or another adjective. Examples: Beautiful, white, shiny.
Adverb: A word that modifies or describes a verb. (It shows how something is done.) Examples: Quickly, carefully, brightly.
Preposition: A word that describes the relationship to a noun. Examples: From, under, until.
Conjunction: A connecting word. Examples: And, but, although.
If you don’t already know these parts of speech, read that list a few times. These terms will be important later in this post, and in your English studies!
Grammar is the system of a language. People sometimes describe grammar as the "rules" of a language.
Correct grammar is your key to speaking English fluently and confidently. Knowing your grammar will help you avoid errors that make your English sound strange to native speakers.
But there are certain situations in which English grammar is especially important.
Correct grammar won’t just demonstrate your English skills—it’ll also show that you’re diligent and have an eye for detail.
Grammar is even important for your social life. Plus, when you’re meeting new people or visiting new places, the last thing you want is to be misunderstood! To avoid confusing your friends, or even ordering more drinks than you intended, you need to have a firm idea of how to structure your words.
With all that said, remember that in some situations it’s okay to relax your grammar. When you’re texting a close friend, for example, it’s fine to use casual or more simplified language.
The use of good grammar is a skill that you can develop and use throughout your life. If you experience problems with grammar, you might try reading a basic grammar book, completing grammar exercises, as well as testing yourself using the various online grammar quizzes available.