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.

Subjects and Verbs:

Subjects and Verbs 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. subject subject subject subject subject verb verb verb verb verb

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 learned my car needs new brakes.

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While driving to San Francisco, I discovered my car needs 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!