Complete SentencesA complete sentence has a subject and a predicatethat work together to make a complete thought.Bobby smiled until hethought his facewould crack.
Sentence Fragments• A SENTENCE FRAGMENT fails to be asentence in the sense that it cannot stand byitself.
Sentence Fragments• may locate something in time andplace, but lack a subject-verbrelationship.Last Saturday after theballgame at the ice creamshop.
Sentence Fragments• may describe something, but haveno subject-verb relationship.Shooting just before thebuzzer rang and hoping toscore the winning point.
Sentence Fragments• may have most of the makings of asentence but still be missing animportant part of a verb string.Some of the girls goingtogether to the mall.
Sentence Fragments• may have a subject-verbrelationship, but cannot stand byitself.Even though she was theprettiest girl and had agreat talentpresentation.
Run-On Sentences• A RUN-ON SENTENCE (sometimescalled a fused sentence) has at least twoparts, either one of which can stand byitself, but the two parts have beenconnected together with one or two wordsinstead of becoming two sentences. Therun-on could be corrected with a semi-colon.
Run-On Sentences• Remember: The length of a sentence reallyhas nothing to do with whether a sentence is arun-on or not; even a very short sentence couldbe a run-on.The books are heavy don’t carry them.The books are heavy. Don’t carry them.
Run-On Sentences• When two clauses are connected byonly a comma, they are a run-onsentence that is called a comma-splice.The books are heavy,don’t carry them.
Run-On Sentences• when an independent clause gives anorder or directive based on what wassaid in the prior independent clause.The game is going to bevery close you have toplay your best.
Run-On Sentences happen• when two clauses are connected by wordssuch as however, moreover,nevertheless. Mother packed mylunch today howevershe forgot to put in mydesert.