A reward and punishment system to help enforce safety equipment use.
The sentence above was kicked back to me as a sentence fragment. I feel it is a sentence. If this is a sentence fragment, can someone please explain why?
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My first thought when reading your sentence, was;
"What is?" And the answer should be "X is".
X is a reward and punishment system to help enforce safety equipment use.
A complete sentence has three characteristics:
Since your sentence doesn't answer the who or what, it lacks the subject. In creative writing you can get away with it, but I'm guessing this isn't the case?
Your sentence has to have a subject and a verb. You potentially have a subect, "system", but then there's no verb after it. "help" isn't a verb for it because it's after "to" so is part of a subjunctive clause. If you removed "to help" and put "helps" in its place, then you would have a verb for your noun.