Sentence Fragments!

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Sentence Fragments:

Sentence Fragments

What is a sentence fragment? :

What is a sentence fragment? A sentence fragment is an incomplete sentence. To be a complete sentence, a sentence must contain at least one subject and at least one verb.

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Fragment Driving to the store. Complete Sentence I am driving to the store. http://www.primagallery.com/2010/06/28/how-to-repair-broken-pottery.htm http://southwestaffinity.com/artifacts/pottery.htm No Subject With Subject

A subject is the doer of action in a sentence. :

A subject is the doer of action in a sentence. A verb is the action. Jim loves tacos. Example: Subject Verb

Starting a sentence with a subordinating conjunction will often create a fragment. :

Starting a sentence with a subordinating conjunction will often create a fragment. Although With While Since Until After Subordinating Conjunctions:

Fragments:

Fragments Since my brother started training. Although the dog is hungry. While running the marathon. After checking her messages. Until the rain stops.

Corrections:

Corrections Since my brother started training. Although the dog is hungry. While running the marathon. After checking her messages. Until the rain stops. Since my brother started training, he’s gained a lot of weight. Although the dog is hungry, she’ll have to wait until supper. While running the marathon, my dad tripped on a car. After checking her messages, Susan went to get lunch. Until the rain stops, we won’t be doing anything.

Now Fix It!:

Now Fix It! Determine whether the sentence is missing a subject a verb or both. In many cases, the missing subject or verb is actually in the next sentence and you can just combine the two. While driving to San Francisco. I discovered my car needed new brakes.

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While driving to San Francisco, I discovered my car needed new brakes. In this example the sentence fragment was actually a dependent clause and needed to be linked to the full sentence after it with a comma. See movie on commas for more info on subordinate and independent clauses!

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