Sentences + Sentence Fragments
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.