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January 10th, 2011, 05:39 AM   #1
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i am confusing in telling about the authentic definition of "sentence" ? please guide me and tell me true definition of sentence also give example
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An easy working definition would be the words between ending punctuation (period, question mark, exclamation mark). So there are two sentences below (colored):

[color=#0080FF]Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.[/color] [color=#BF0000]Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.[/color]

It's much harder to decide a definition for 'sentence' without reference to conventional punctuation. If you hear a person say "i went to the store following that i went home", did they say "I went to the store; following that I went home." or "I went to the store. Following that, I went home."?

Here's an article covering the basics:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sentence_%28linguistics%29
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There is not, generally, a common definition for a sentence, since there are different linguistical approaches, each of them having its own followers: I think they're referred to as formalism and conceptualism. From a formalist's point of view, a sentence is, in rather informal words, a syntaxically-correct combination of words containing a proposition; i.e., the part of the structure with a verb. So you can, informally, count the number of the (simple) sentences in a paragraph by counting its verbs.
E.g., "I proved this theorem." is a sentence, while "oops!" is not.
From a conceptualist's point of view, the latter is also a sentence, since it delivers a meaning, and expresses a state of a mind by itself.
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