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Transcript of Sentence Fragments
SENTENCE FRAGMENTS "THERE'S TOO MUCH BLOOD IN MY CAFFEINE STREAM," is a complete sentence. "What are you doing?"
"Eating chicken." NO.
WHO IS EATING CHICKEN?
WELL WE DON'T KNOW, DO WE?
THE CORRECT FORM OF THIS SENTENCE IS
"I am eating chicken." "And I went to the store."
THE CONJUNCTION "and" MAKES THIS CLAUSE DEPENDENT.
A DEPENDENT CLAUSE CAN NOT STAND ALONE. IT BECOMES A SENTENCE FRAGMENT. SENTENCE FRAGMENT -
"Fails to be a sentence in the sense that it can not stand by itself." A SENTENCE FRAGMENT OCCURS WHEN
THE WRITER NEGLECTS TO INSERT A MAIN CLAUSE BETWEEN THE BEGINNING AND
END OF A SENTENCE. HOW TO FIX A SENTENCE FRAGMENT: MISSING A SUBJECT?
ADD A SUBJECT. "Closed the door last night.'
"Your mother closed the door last night." MISSING A VERB?
ADD A VERB. "Your mom."
"Your mom baked me cookies yesterday." MISSING A CLAUSE?
ADD A CLAUSE. "After she closed the door last night."
"After she closed the door last night, your mom
baked me cookies." Stefani, Taleigha - 8th period. WHAT ARE SOME COMMON MISTAKES? "I want to go to the dance. Although my parents wont let me."
"The dance is Friday night. Which is inconvenient for me." BOTH "although" AND "which" ARE COORDINATING CONJUNCTIONS. BEGINNING A DEPENDENT CLAUSE WITH A COORDINATING CONJUNCTION IS ONLY ACCEPTABLE WHEN THE CLAUSE IS ACCOMPANIED BY THE REST OF THE SENTENCE. TO FIX THESE SENTENCES, THE WRITER COULD SAY, "Although my parents wont let me, I want to go to the dance." OR, "The dance is Friday night - which is inconvenient for me." http://www.grammar.ccc.comment.edu/grammar/index.htm