sentence noun

1 group of words

ADJ. long, short Try to keep your sentences short. | complete, whole | broken, incomplete | grammatical, grammatically correct | grammatically incorrect, ungrammatical | coherent | affirmative, negative | complex, simple | compound

VERB + SENTENCE begin | finish Peter finished Jane's sentence for her. | construct, form, formulate, generate, write He can barely form a grammatical sentence. | parse

SENTENCE + VERB contain sth, have sth Does the sentence contain an adverb?

SENTENCE + NOUN structure

2 punishment given by a judge

ADJ. maximum, minimum | long, short | harsh, heavy, severe, stiff | lenient, light | indefinite, indeterminate | appropriate | mandatory The judge imposed the mandatory sentence for murder. | suspended | custodial, jail, prison | non-custodial | death | life

VERB + SENTENCE hand down, impose, pass, pronounce The judge will pass sentence on the accused this afternoon. | be given, get, receive | serve He will have to serve a life sentence. | carry out | await He spent a week in custody on remand awaiting sentence. | face She could face a long prison sentence. | commute, reduce The death sentence may be commuted to life imprisonment. | suspend | appeal against | review | quash | carry The offence carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison.

PREP. under ~ (of) He has been in prison for two months under sentence of death. | ~ for an eight-year sentence for burglary