Statements and Sentences

A statement is a syntactically valid combination of words and symbols beginning with a COBOL verb.

A sentence consists of one or more statements and is terminated by a period followed by a space.

Statements are of the following types:

  1. Conditional statements.
  2. COBOL system-directing statements.
  3. Imperative statements.
  4. ANS85 Delimited scope statements.

There are three types of sentences:

  1. Conditional sentences.
  2. COBOL system-directing sentences.
  3. Imperative sentences.