Why is this a fragment sentence?

  • Indicate that antibacterial soaps may wash away useful bacteria.

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    Has no subject. Is a problem. – John Lawler Oct 8 '16 at 23:45
  • Can someone help me understand why this question should be closed? I'm still trying to get the hang of what to close and what not to close. What's wrong with this question? – aparente001 Oct 9 '16 at 1:48
  • The title should be "Why is sentence fragment?" – Azor Ahai Oct 9 '16 at 5:45
  • Title should be “Why sentence fragment?” – Frankenstein Oct 10 '16 at 3:18                ⁠ – Scott Oct 10 '16 at 3:18

Technically, it's not a sentence fragment. It's in the imperative mood (i.e., it's a command), but it doesn't make much sense that somebody would ever say that.

"Studies indicate that antibacterial soaps may wash away useful bacteria", on the other hand, is a well-formed sentence that makes sense. I'm guessing that your (textbook, teacher, ?) wants that.

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    Nicely done; I would never have imagined it as an impertaive, but it can clearly be seen that way. +1 – anongoodnurse Oct 8 '16 at 23:21
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    Why wouldn't it make sense as an instruction to someone trying to convince people not to buy antibacterial hand soap? Upvote from me too. – deadrat Oct 9 '16 at 0:01
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    @deadrat I suppose it could be written in a medical manual. But I think I'd use a different verb than indicate. "Hey, you! Yes, you. Indicate that antibacterial soaps may wash away useful bacteria. Go on, indicate it!" – John Feltz Oct 9 '16 at 1:17
  • @JohnFeltz I'm gong to wash my hands of this whole matter. – deadrat Oct 9 '16 at 1:20

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