Before we enter the world of English language sentences, why not dwell a little bit on the word 'sentences' itself? It is interesting to do so because it tells us something fundamental about English language.
When I hear the word sentences, my mind is immediately forced to make a choice...without usually being aware of it.
It goes through certain options and almost instantaneously, the choice is made.
This happens not only with me, but with all who understand English when they encounter certain words in the language.
In my case, for the word sentences the choice would be from the following alternatives. I would ask myself...
When someone says that in a certain State, the judges give harsh sentences, I know he or she does not mean that the grammar of the judges' utterances is unpleasant. I understand that they mean the punishments allotted are severe.
When theologians refer to Peter Lombard as the Master of the Sentences, I know that they are not trying to say that Peter Lombard was an excellent grammarian, though he must have been one! People in those days really knew their grammar, unlike large groups of people today who don't.
Be that as it may, but that brings me to the two points I want to make about...
In this Site, we are in the world of language and grammar. Here, the word 'sentences' means some word-groupings which have certain syntactic or semantic features.
The whole section on English sentences is created to give you sufficient knowledge about these word-groups.
Here is the more important point.
Those who are learning English should take it as a way of life that in English you cannot expect one-to-one correspondence between...
English words require from us that we judge the context.
In other words, we should know what is said where and when. We can then select the correct meaning from the possible ones.
This is a skill which a student of English should realize that he will have to develop.
So, keep this at the back of your mind, while you read and encounter words. You will begin to look at words differently then.