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Fragments & Run-Ons

A review of sentence fragments & run-ons (both comma splices and fused sentences).

Alissa McClure

on 1 April 2011

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Fused Sentences Comma Splices Run-On Sentences Fragments What is a fragment? What is a sentence fragment? What does it mean to
fuse something? What does it mean to splice something? or [n. frag-muhnt; v. frag-muhnt, -ment, frag-ment]
a part broken off or detached: scattered fragments of the broken vase.
an isolated, unfinished, or incomplete part: She played a fragment of her latest composition.
an odd piece, bit, or scrap. –verb (used with object)
to combine or blend by melting together; melt. What is a fused sentence? Avoid these writing
Mistakes When two independent clauses are joined together with NOTHING between them. It's like they were melted together unnaturally. Example:
Did you see those poor GI Joes I wonder
what kind of crazy person would
do such a thing to poor, defenseless toys? Explanation: The first independent clause is
"Did you see those poor GI Joes" . That question should receive a "?"
The second independent clause is "I wonder what kind of crazy person would do such a thing to poor, defenseless toys." [splahys] Show IPA verb, spliced, splic·ing, noun
–verb (used with object)
to join together or unite (two ropes or parts of a rope) by the interweaving of strands.
to unite (timbers, spars, or the like) by overlapping and binding their ends.
to unite (film, magnetic tape, or the like) by butting and cementing.
to join or unite. What is a comma splice? or
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