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Sentence Fragments & Run-ons

A short lesson on sentence fragments and run-ons for a 7th grade class.
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Martin Schoket

on 29 January 2013

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Transcript of Sentence Fragments & Run-ons

Run-on Sentences Examples of Run-ons: You are making a run-on when you put two or more complete sentences together without separating them properly. My favorite hobby is cooking I cook well and it is the best food ever made. Mrs. Holloway's class is obviously the best for numerous reasons look around and you will see why they take the cake. Transform the run-on sentence(s) you are unsure about into yes/no question(s). Tip for Finding Run-ons Examples: Is my favorite hobby cooking I cook well and it is the best food ever made? Take each idea separately to find the parts where punctuation or conjunctions would solve the problem. For example: Is my favorite hobby cooking? Do I cook well? Is it the best food ever made? Using Punctuation and Conjunctions Fixing the Run-on Punctuation Only: My favorite hobby is cooking. I cook well, and it is the best food ever made. Mrs. Holloway's class is obviously the best for numerous reasons. Look around, and you will see why they take the cake. Conjunctions: My favorite hobby is cooking because I cook well, and it is the best food ever made. Mrs. Holloway's class is obviously the best for numerous reasons, so look around, and you will see why they take the cake. They are much less common and easier to find since they sound wrong when spoken aloud. But don't forget about sentence fragments! A fix to the rescue! http://www.eslinstructor.net/sanjosewrites/fragments/sentence-fragment.gif A sentence fragment is an incomplete sentence. Some fragments are incomplete because they lack either a subject or a verb, or both. The fragments that most students have trouble with are dependent clauses—they have a subject and a verb, so they look like complete sentences, but they don’t express a complete thought. Examples: When you finally take the test.

Since you asked.

If you want to go with me. Remember the basics: subject, verb and complete thought.
If you can recognize those things, you’re halfway there.
Then, scan your sentences for conjunctions. Finding Fragments Example: You will ace the test. When you finally take it.

I will be there. Because you asked.

You might like it. If you want to go with me. Subject
Verb
Conjunction A Fix Predicate=Verb+Complete Thought The Fix Once you have identified the sentence fragment, you can attach it to a complete sentence or clause. Examples: You will ace the test. When you finally take it. You will ace the test when you finally take it. You might like it. If you want to go with me. If you want to go with me, you might like it.
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