Any statement which does not meet the definition of a complete sentence, lacking either a subject or a finite verb.

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Dangling Participle? Confusing parenthetical commas? Incomplete sentence?

In this excerpt, is the second sentence grammatically correct? The painting, Woman In Red Hat, was inspired by her son's art selections while on a trip to Vancouver together. Which particular ...
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Why is this a fragment?

What's wrong with this sentence (other than that it is incomprehensible out of context): Because I don’t know what you don’t know. MS Word is telling me that this is a sentence fragment (I ...
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Can I use a semicolon when linking a sentence fragment and a question?

Are there guidelines for using semi-colons in any of these kinds of circumstances (where a sentence fragment links with a question)? Please note that the words cannot be changed and dashes are ...
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Is this a sentence fragment…?

Ok, so here is an example sentence. "I hoped to lose the race so I wouldn't have to run against him." Here's my dilemma. I was questioning whether a comma was necessary after "race" to separate ...
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Dependent clause, phrases, and fragments

Is a dependent clause considered a fragment? Are all fragments considered to be a dependent clause? Or is fragment like an umbrella where dependent clauses and phrases can be found? Thanks for any ...
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Sentence fragments as modifiers: “self-sacrifice incarnate, the 10th Doctor wavered…”?

I was recently asked to choose which of following two excerpts sounded better: Emotionally vulnerable and incarnate of self-sacrifice, the Tenth Doctor wavered between romantic and intensely ...
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sentence fragment with colon

http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21588388-georgias-governor-faces-ethics-questions-not-first-time-raw-deal ...., he has two options: accept the charges or rebut them. Is the sentence ...
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On what grounds does one determine the grammatical acceptability of a sentence fragment group?

I have seen some debate on EL&U about whether or not sentence fragments are acceptable to use, and under what circumstances. I am not of the persuasion that they should be used, but if I must ...
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How do I complete these fragments?

Simply Put, I have the following(similar) sentences: Transducer Introduction. An introduction to Transducer/Sensor. A methodology to meet the deadlines. Introduction to XYZ. All of these are marked ...
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Is “Happy Birthday!” a complete sentence?

Is "Happy Birthday!" a complete sentence? And if it is, what role are the words happy and birthday playing? Where is the verb? Can "happy" be a verb? I know in a sentence like "Go get the milk" there ...
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Sentence fragment: subject or object

Suppose I have a picture of me hanging out with Bob, and I want to add a caption to it. Is one of the following more correct than the other? "Bob and me" "Bob and I" More generally, do grammar ...
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Use of commas in a subordinate clause

I was about to correct a line like "Townville located in east Blaze County has grown rapidly since 2000 and continues to do so." to "Townville, located in east Blaze County, has grown rapidly since ...
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Should I use a question mark at the end of a question fragment? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “How to […]?” and “Where to […]?” Questions that are not questions. Is this defensible? Does it make sense, grammatically, to end ...
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“Leadership is our drive. What's your?”

Here, you may find a call to arms of sorts by the Swedish most prominent telco. I was born Russian, and I live in Sweden, so English is just about my third language. And so the following line does not ...
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Is this sentence truly a fragment?

Microsoft Office is claiming a statement I recently made is a fragment, however I do not agree with its opinion. Bob, to my knowledge that resource is currently unsupported. Can anyone provide ...
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Is it incorrect to use a sentence fragment to answer a question?

In an English essay, I wrote: What am I looking at? People enjoying themselves? I lost points for using a sentence fragment. Is it truly incorrect to use a sentence fragment this way?
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“Train approaching”

Is it correct? It's the message I see right before the metro/subway train shows up. Shouldn't it be "train is approaching" or "train approaches"?
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Seasonal parsing: “enjoying Re-run's of Christmas' past” — fragment, pluralization and ownership

enjoying Re-run's of Christmas' past I just saw this posted as a Facebook status update, and it has boggled me as to how it should be considered or how it should be rewritten. If re-runs belong ...
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Fragments in speech vs Fragments in novels?

Why is it that authors will use fragments in writing to emulate speech, but it is considered grammatically incorrect?
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Microsoft Word's “fragments”

Microsoft Word loves underlining things I am typing with a green squiggle. Now sometimes it gets it right, as just now it found a mistake also know as which should be also known as But one ...