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First we teach them to write a simple declarative statement.
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declarative declaratively
In grammar or linguistics, declarative sentences may be contrasted to other kinds of sentences such as:

declarative:  I am going to work.
interrogative:  Are you going to work?
imperative:  Go to work now.
exclamatory:  I can’t wait to go to work!
negative:  I am not going to work.
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  • First we teach them to write a simple declarative statement.
  • Did she say it with a declarative or an interrogative inflection?
  • Everything about her exuded it: the way she carried herself, with shoulders thrown back; the hard set of her teeth when she made up her mind about something; the way she ended every sentence with a declarative period, never a question mark.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • This declarative sentence is designed to mock a journalistic style.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon

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  • Then her voice turned, not fierce, but declarative: "But I’m a woman and I’m a mother."
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • I went on to tell her about my exposure to Nyodene D., speaking matter-of-factly, tonelessly, in short declarative sentences.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Judging from the man’s declarative tone, that somebody will probably never get away.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • Only her nose might have been finer; it was a little broad, as was her mouth, but her black eyes were strong and declarative, and her hair black and delicate.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • You see, that’s a simple, one-word declarative.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • He has spoken in paragraphs until now, but, as the words begin to flow, those paragraphs become simple, powerful declarative sentences.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy

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  • Often on news programs, the voice is used in a simple declarative way, summarizing events, giving you the level of information that programmers think you need.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • He spoke the decision as a declarative sentence, saying, "We’ll stay to the road until I hear the battle," and when the decision was spoken he did not think about it again.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • "That carpet, if you have ever been there, in the Palace of Pleasure, is red, but from up above, it changes and gives off light between the worn criss-crossing of the aisles like the facets of a well-cut ruby," he said, speaking in a declarative manner as if he had been waiting for a chance to deliver this enviable comparison.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • In his thought she always appeared to him as he saw her at the fountain; and he felt the influence of her voice, sweeter because in tearful expression of gratitude to him, and of her eyes—the large, soft, black, almond-shaped eyes declarative of her race—eyes which looked more than lies in the supremest wealth of words to utter; and recurrences of the thought of her were returns just so frequent of a figure tall, slender, graceful, refined, wrapped in rich and floating drapery, wanting…
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Throughout the ceremony Lucy looked at me in her unambiguously declarative way, and when the ring was on and Simon swung Charlotte back before all to kiss her, and all clapped and cried out, Lucy came and took my arm.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • What’s a declarative?" asked Webb, taking his wife in his arms and kissing her, their lips enveloping, so meaningful to each, arousing to each.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
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Associated words [difficulty]:   declarative [7] , interrogative [7]
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