sentence structure meaning, sentence structure definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( sentences    plural & 3rd person present)   ( sentencing    present participle)   ( sentenced    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A sentence is a group of words which, when they are written down, begin with a capital letter and end with a full stop, question mark, or exclamation mark. Most sentences contain a subject and a verb.  
2       n-var   In a law court, a sentence is the punishment that a person receives after they have been found guilty of a crime.  
They are already serving prison sentences for their part in the assassination..., He was given a four-year sentence..., The offences carry a maximum sentence of 10 years., ...demands for tougher sentences..., The court is expected to pass sentence later today.     
    death sentence  
    life sentence  
    suspended sentence  
3       verb   When a judge sentences someone, he or she states in court what their punishment will be.  
A military court sentenced him to death in his absence...      V n to n  
He has admitted the charge and will be sentenced later.      be V-ed  

death sentence        ( death sentences    plural  ) A death sentence is a punishment of death given by a judge to someone who has been found guilty of a serious crime such as murder.      n-count  
His original death sentence was commuted to life in prison.     
life sentence        ( life sentences    plural  ) If someone receives a life sentence, they are sentenced to stay in prison for the rest of their life, or for a very long period of time.      n-count  
Some were serving life sentences for murder.     
sentence adverb        ( sentence adverbs    plural  ) Adverbs such as `fortunately' and `perhaps' which apply to the whole clause, rather than to part of it, are sometimes called sentence adverbs.      n-count  
suspended sentence        ( suspended sentences    plural  ) If a criminal is given a suspended sentence, they are given a prison sentence which they have to serve if they commit another crime within a specified period of time.      n-count  
John was given a four-month suspended sentence.     
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A formal word that is put in the beginning of sentence that has a similar meaning to furthermore, therefore, and from now on
I like ice-cream; Hence, I have lots of ice-cream cups in my fridge
with a complex structure; difficult to approach; multiple problems generator
act of covering an object, such as a tree, house, or another structure with toilet paper
Syn.: TP'ing


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