Two-word sentences have all they need to qualify as complete sentences: a subject and a verb. Used appropriately, they can be powerful. When teaching students about complete sentences, the two-word sentence is a good starting point.

"Chrysanthemum could scarcely believe her ears. She blushed. She beamed. She bloomed" (Kevin Henkes, Chrysanthemum).

"Chrysanthemum wilted" (Kevin Henkes, Chrysanthemum).

"Jesus wept" (John 11: 35).

"He shivered. He sneezed" (Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux, 24).

"He squinted" (Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux, 28).

"He trembled. He shook. He sneezed" (Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux, 28).
 


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