Fun with Randomly-Generated Sentences
An Interesting Way to Study English Sentence Patterns
The 5 Basic Patterns
- Subject + Verb
- I swim. Joe swims. They swam.
- Subject + Verb + Object
- I drive a car. Joe plays the guitar. They ate dinner.
- Subject + Verb + Complement
- I am busy. Joe became a doctor. They look sick.
- Subject + Verb + Indirect Object + Direct Object
- I gave her a gift. She teaches us English.
- Subject + Verb + Object + Complement
- I left the door open. We elected him president. They named her Jane.
- Present Continuous
- I am swimming. Joe is sleeping. They are jogging.
- Present Simple
- I play tennis. He swims every day. I usually swim for two hours.
- Present Perfect
- I have eaten. He has just come home. They've already gone.
- Past Simple
- I rested. He played tennis yesterday. They drove to Boston.
- Past Continuous
- I was sleeping. She was cooking a while ago. They were talking.
- Past Perfect
- I had already seen it. He had played tennis.
- I have a camera. He owns a car. This house belongs to them.
- I am here. He swims in the river. They live in the mountains.
- It's fun to swim. (Using adjectives similar to fun.)
- It isn't healthy to smoke. Smoking is dangerous.
- They agreed to swim. (Using verbs similar to agree.)
- He didn't desire to work. They like to play.
- They asked him to swim. (Using verbs similar to ask.)
- He didn't advise me to work. They often encourage me to work harder.
- They enjoy swimming. (Using verbs similar to enjoy.)
- He didn't enjoy working. He likes playing tennis.
My Other Random-Sentence Generators
- English Sentence Machine (Written in ActionScript / Flash)
- Mad-lib / Random Sentence Generator
- Bilingual English-Japanese Random Sentence Generator (Written in Perl)
- This makes English sentences with Japanese translations.