Sentence fragments are incomplete “sentences” which are punctuated by mercy2beans120

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									Sentence Fragments




Sentence fragments are incomplete “sentences” which are punctuated as
complete thoughts. Complete sentences must contain a subject and a verb
and express an idea that can stand on its own.

Fragment: Dropped its transmission in the school parking lot.

Problem:         The sentence lacks a subject. One might assume that we are
                 talking about a car here, but there is no way to know which car.
                 In cases like this one we often find ourselves asking questions
                 of the writer: “What dropped the transmission.

Fixed:           My ’68 Gremlin dropped its transmission in the school parking
                 lot.



Fragment: Mr. Hanes, who is the greatest juggler on campus.

Problem:         This sentence lacks a verb. Sure, Mr. Hanes may be the
                 greatest juggler on campus, nut that is a description, not an
                 action. What does he do?

Fixed:           Mr. Hanes, who is the greatest juggler on campus, has a closet
                 full of coloured handkerchiefs.



Fragment: Because the school has run out of powdered cheese sauce.

Problem:         This one is tricky because it has both a subject and a verb. The
                 word BECAUSE creates a problem, however. It makes this
                 piece of the sentence referent to something unknown. The
                 reader wants to ask: “Because what?”

Fixed:           Lunch is cancelled because the school has run out of powdered
                 cheese sauce.

								
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