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Sentence fragments. Are bad. So bad. Would never write them.

Sentence fragments. Are bad. So bad. Would never write them.

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  • Sentence Fragments
    Like a sentence. Not, though. Don’t make sense. Sentence missing. Something.
  • What is a fragment?
    A fragment really wants to be a sentence, but it’s missing something. Typically it is missing a subject (noun) or verb. Really, it’s almost a sentence. Sometimes you even have a pretty good idea what the fragment is trying to say. If it’s so close to being a sentence, then what’s the big deal?
    Well, the following pictures demonstrate other “close but not quite” situations. You tell me if it matters.
  • Close But Not Quite
  • Close But Not Quite
  • Close But Not Quite
  • Close But Not Quite
  • Close But Not Quite
  • Close But Not Quite
  • Back to Fragments
    Like those situations, a sentence fragment tries to convey a message but ultimately fails.
    Examples:
    Because of the rain. (What happened?)
    Saw the moon! (Who saw it?)
    Without her mom? (Huh?)
  • Fragments
    A sentence needs to be independent. The sentence can’t depend on the surrounding sentences to explain what it means.
    Example:
    Martha had to grab her umbrella before she ran to her bus top. Because of the rain.
    Without the first sentence, the fragment doesn’t make sense. It isn’t independent.
  • To Conclude
    A sentence is independent and contains both a subject and a verb.
    Just in case you missed it, go back to the title slide and have a good laugh.