Sentences + Sentence Fragments

Fragment sentences

A complete sentence will have at least one subject and one verb. Sentences are considered fragments when they are missing either a subject or a verb. Consider the following two fragment sentences and their corrected versions:

  • No Subject: Went to the store to buy brownie mix.
  • Added Subject: My dad went to the store to buy brownie mix.
  • No Verb: Brownie mix at the store expensive.
  • Added Verb: Brownie mix at the store was expensive.

In addition to containing a subject and verb, a complete sentence will express a complete thought. Consider the following two sentences and their revised versions.

  • Incomplete: When he went to the checkout counter to pay for the brownie mix.
  • Complete: When he went to the checkout counter to pay for the brownie mix, he got distracted by a display of cake mixes.
  • Incomplete: The variety of yummy cake mixes.
  • Complete: The variety of yummy cake mixes convinced him that he’d rather bake a cake than brownies tonight.

Source: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/engagement/2/1/33/

PDF Links:

  1. http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb/fragment.html

Video Links:

  1. https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/grammar/syntax-conventions-of-standard-english/fragments-and-run-ons/v/recognizing-fragments-syntax-khan-academy