OpenLab #3: “Sentences”

Due Tuesday, 9/19/17.  For this week’s writing assignment, take a look at the picture below called “Sentences.”  Read every sentence in the picture.  As you read, pay attention to your own stream of consciousness – what are the thoughts that pop into your head?  For full credit, respond to all 4 of the following items.

  1. Record two observations about the sentences in the picture – what do you notice / what’s something you find interesting / what popped into your head / what stood out.
  2. Choose one of the sentences in the picture (do NOT choose the same sentence as anyone else).  Type the sentence out “in quotes”, and then answer the following questions:
    a. Is it a statement (as discussed in class on Tuesday)?  Explain why or why not.
    b. Is it true or false? Explain in everyday English why or why not.
  3. Make up a sentence that you believe would fit into this picture.  Tell us the sentence, and then tell us whether it is a statement, and whether it is true or false.
  4. What connection (if any) does this assignment have to do with the work we are doing in class?

“Sentences” by Flickr user Eldeem


  1. Zaniyasa

    1, The first thing that stuck out to me was the sentence that read “This hamburger is delusional”. Another thing that i noticed was the sentence “The sentence is an aharmanite” because I had no idea what the word meant. I looked it up, but I still don’t know.

    2. “This sentence, though a terrible liar, is also typed in a nice red font”.
    a. Yes, it is a statement. It can be proven as true or false.
    b. It is a false statement because it is typed in a blue font.

    3. This sentence is wearing a pretty dress. This sentence is a statement because it can be proven as true or false. It is false because it isn’t wearing anything.

    4. This assignment is related to us analyzing whether sentences are statements as we did in class on Tuesday.

  2. Sonam

    1. When I first looked on the Sentences, I thought it will be hard to read because looks very disordered, But when I started to read them, They actually separated clearly by different colors, sizes or typefaces. That is the first thing that makes me feel very interesting. Other than that, I found out that all sentences in the picture started with “This sentence”, and the interesting part is can you tell right way if it is a statements, and the statement is true or false, base on the sentence itself. For an instance, we have “THIS SENTENCE HAS ONLY ONE SPELLING ERROR” I see that it is a statement, and it is false because the sentence has no spelling error.


    a. It is a statement because it is a complete and predicate sentence. Also you can prove it true or false.

    b. False, It is a common sense that a sentence will never want a hug.

    This is a statement because It is a complete and predicate sentence. Also you can prove it true or false.
    It is false. The sentence is written in English not Ukrainian.

    4.I believe this assignment related to our lesson about Logic, Logic is a systematic way of thinking that allows us to deduce new information from old information and to parse the meaning of sentences. And this assignment also requires us to use logical reasoning to determine whether the “sentences” are statements. And if they are found out if they are true or false. It is a wonderful practice work for what we have leaned on Tuesday, and helps us have a better understand of Logic and Statement.

  3. Evelin

    The sentence that quickly caught my eye was “THiS SeNTeNCe HaS No CaPiTaLliZed VoWeLs.” It caught my attention, because the way the sentence was written is unusual. The second sentence that caught my attention was “This sentence does not exist until it is read.” This sentence actually got me thinking whether it was true or not. I’m still undecided.

    “This sentence is stretched.”
    a) This sentence is a statement because you can determine whether this statement is true or not.
    b) This statement is true because just by looking at the sentence you can see that the sentence is stretched out across the left side of the image. The sentence almost takes up the whole left side of the image.

    “Thissentencehasnospacesinbetween.” The sentence I created is a statement because I made it possible to determine whether it’s true or false. So therefore this statement is true.

    I think the purpose of this assignment was to help us understand what a statement is. By having us practice identifying and creating a statement will improve our understanding what a statement is.

  4. Stephanie Cuate

    1. What I notice about these sentences were that they are typed either in black or blue font color and have varied font sizes. Another thing is that these words were squeeze in this one picture. What I found interesting is that you first thing that these sentences start with “This sentence…” but when you look at it closer only two or three doesn’t start with it.

    a) This sentence is a statement because it can be true or false.
    b) This statement is true because the sentence is in smaller fonts and every other sentence is bigger than this sentence. Comparing size fonts of each sentences, it proves that this statement is the only smallest one. So, the statement is true.

    3. “This sentence has exactly six words”
    This sentence is a statement because it can be proven to be true or false. This statement is true because it really does have six words in the sentence.

    4. This assignment connects to our work that we been doing in class because we are using what we learn to get started for logic. And I believe that this is the start of understanding what logic meaning in a statement. And it a way to understand what statement is in the real-world vs in math (logic).

    • Jonas Reitz

      Good observations, Stephanie. I like the connections you made with our course – spot on!

  5. Kelly

    1) What first popped into my head, regarding these sentences, was that they were fun to read. I was trying to figure out if each sentence was true or false. Also I enjoyed how witty some of the sentences were, such as “This sentence does not exist until read.” It reminded me of the old question “If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it does it still make a sound?”
    2) “This sentence laughs at those who turn their heads upside-down to read it.”
    A) this sentence is a statement because it can be determine if it is true or false.
    B) this sentence must be false because it personifies and inanimate object or idea.
    3) “”Madam I’m Adam” is a palindrome.” This is a true statement.
    4) As someone mentioned in class mathematics can be viewed as a language unto itself. If that is the case, then applying logic to the English language should be transferable to applying logic to different mathmatical concepts. I

    • Yasmine

      I like the palindrome in the sentence that you made up ” Madam I’m Adam”.

  6. Josvenia

    1) The first thing that popped out to me was that most of the letters in this pictures were capitalized. It made me want to look at every sentence, and see what each sentenced had to say. The sentence that popped out to me was “This sentence doesn’t exit until read,” because this sentence makes me remember Descartes “I think there fore I am.”

    A) yes this is a statement because it can be proven to be true or false.
    B) Yes this is true because there is one error in the sentence which is that spelling is spelled wrong.

    A) Yes it is a statement because it can be proven to be true or false.
    B) This can be either true or false depending on who is making the sentences. I would say it is true because making random sentences is fun.

    4) This has to do with our classwork because we have to write and prove if the statement or the problem is true or false. We will also be using words and sentences to explain our math work. These sentences will be the explanation to proving the problem given to us.

    • Kelly

      I was just thinking about whether or not I thought making sentences was fun. While I found it an enjoyable little exercise I personally would not call it fun. So, for me, this statement is false.

  7. Yasmine

    1- I noticed that there is a phrase in French “Ce n’est pas une phrase”. At first I thought it is in Spanish, but then I looked it up and realized that it is in French which means “This is not a sentence”. Another thing is that some sentences are written vertically or upside-down.
    2- “This sentence have unproper grammers.”
    a- Yes, it is a statement because we can determine whether it is true or false.
    b- It is a true statement because there are two grammar errors in it. “have” should be “has” and “unproper” should be “improper”.

    3- I made up this sentence “This sentence is a statement.” This is a statement and it is true.
    4- This assignment is connected to what we are studying about logic and specifically the definition of the statement. This assignment helps us to think critically in the language of logic.

    • Jonas Reitz

      I love your example #3, Yasmine! It makes me wonder what happens if we look at the negation: “This sentence is not a statement.” Is it a statement? Is it true or false?

      • Yasmine

        That’s more interesting. Yes, it is a statement, but it is a false statement.

      • Nk

        Sentence 1: This statement is true if Sentence 2 is true.
        Sentence 2: This statement is true if Sentence 1 is true.
        Sentence 3: Unicorns only have 1 horn
        Sentence 3.1: This statement is true if Sentence 3 is True.
        Sentence 3.2: Unicorns are smart.
        Sentence 3.3: People are smart.

        Can Sentence 1 ever have a truth value.
        Can Sentence 1 be considered a statement.
        If so is it true of False
        Is Sentence 3 Considered a statement even if unicorns don’t exist?
        If so is it true of False
        Is Sentence 3.1 considered a statement.
        If so is it true or false

        Sentence 5: This Statement has a truth value.
        Sentence 6: This Statement has a truth value of False.
        Sentence 7: This Statement has a truth value of true.
        Sentence 8: Water bottles cost $1
        (Is this a statement. -> if so is this only true if all water bottles cost $1 or if there exists some group of water bottles that cost $1 <- Is there an inherent ambiguity in the language )

  8. Miralia

    At my first glanced in that picture I discovered so many things that seem very bizarre. The first is the way that some sentences are written where they are facing different directions an example is the sentence, “THE SENTENCE HAS ON SENTENCE-the writer” this sentence is written upside down which really weird, and not easy to read. And the second observation is that some sentences are not concise, and some are not even complete sentences an example that can prove this true is the one that says,” THIS SENTENCE NO VERB” the phrase is neither complete nor concise. The way those sentences are written remind me a little bit of puzzle game which is very interesting.
    a. This sentence is a statement because someone can argue whether that is true or not.
    b. This is true because this sentence does not have a true meaning, it is just to fill space.

    I made that sentence “This sentence has no verb”
    This statement is true because it can determine whether it true or false.
    This statement is false because the sentence has the verb “to have “on it.

    Since the class is about prove and logic I think this assignment about statement is a foretaste about prove and logic as the teacher will go deep into the subject the students will be able to determine when something is true or false and how they can prove that by using logic.

  9. Nk

    1. I found the text alignment orientation location capitalization color and wrapping variance interesting. It also seems like all the sentences are the same font since only sans serif fonts (no serif fonts) are used throughout.


    This sentence seems to be a statement however it is not since this statement does not have a truth value since the world Aharmanite is not defined.

    3. lOwEr cAsE vOwEls.
    This is also not a statement since it doesn’t have a truth value. Although if we assume the implied meaning that vowels are in lowercase in this phrase than this phrase could be considered false.

    4. This assignment shows us some of the intricacies of ambiguity in the English language and determines whether or not we can translate that to logic and determine the validly of the statements.

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