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What is Fragment?

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Asha Adan

on 20 January 2015

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What is Fragment?
- FRAGMENT fails to be a sentence in the sense that it cannot stand by itself. It does not contain even one independent clause. It's not a complete thought. It doesn't have verb or subject or sometimes it's missing one of them.
In Japan, during the last war and just before the truce.
This sentence accomplishes a great deal in terms of placing the reader in time and place, but there is no subject, no verb.

A story with deep thoughts and emotions.
Direct object:
She told
a story with deep thoughts and emotions.
Some of the students working in SE Library last semester.
Remember that an -ing verb form without an auxiliary form to accompany it can never be a verb.
It may even have a subject-verb relationship, but it has been subordinated to another idea by a dependent word and so cannot stand by itself:
Even though he had the better arguments and was by far the more powerful speaker.
This sentence fragment has a subject,
two verbs
but it cannot stand by itself because of the
dependent word
(subordinating conjunction)
even though
. We need an
independent clause
to follow up this
dependent clause
: . . . the more powerful speaker, he lost the case because he didn't understand the jury.
It may locate something in time and place with a prepositional phrase or a series of such phrases, but it's still lacking a proper subject-verb relationship within an independent clause:
It describes something, but there is no subject-verb relationship:
It may have most of the makings of a sentence but still be missing an important part of a verb string:
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