Is the following statement grammatically correct?

"I'm loving isolation. A little too much."

I think the statement is grammatically incorrect, but someone, a professional writer/editor, made that comment on Facebook, and after I called them out on it, insists that it is correct.

I see that it is trying to replicate natural speech, but the way to introduce a pause would be with a dash or an ellipses, not a full stop.

So which one is right, a period or something else?

  • Yes, but there are not two full sentences. However, they reflect how we speak. You can put it into one sentence.
    – Lambie
    Jul 20, 2020 at 20:25
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    There's nothing asyntactical about either sentence. The second sentence is, in its exact form, a sentence fragment. But that doesn't make it stylistically unacceptable or even ungrammatical (especially if omitted words are assumed). Jul 20, 2020 at 20:25
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    This is an attempt to duplicate in writing what people do all the time in speech: to create a pause between two parts of what would normally be one sentence so that the last part may be called out for special emphasis. Other ways to do that are via ellipsis or em dash: "I'm loving isolation ... a little too much" or "I'm loving isolation—a little too much."
    – Robusto
    Jul 20, 2020 at 20:46
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    In order to help settle an argument, we will need to know what the argument is. Past experience shows that if you just ask if there's any issue with the sentence "I have a dog", people will see that as a challenge. They will find a multitude of ways in which the sentence might be deemed inacceptable, only to immediately refute their own objection as invalid. You are already seeing some of that happening here, and there is no point in letting it go on. If you have a particular issue with the sentence, let us know what it is. If you can't identify any issue with it, well. There's your answer.
    – RegDwigнt
    Jul 20, 2020 at 23:20
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    Does this answer your question? Verbless sentence // The answer depends on how you define 'grammatically correct'. The old school of thought, regarding all sentence fragments, is precisely that. An old school of thought. Though over-use should be avoided, as should use in very formal contexts. Jul 21, 2020 at 12:58

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"A little too much." is a sentence fragment. It is not a complete sentence because it does not contain a subject and verb.


This is a stylistic choice. It's playing with punctuation. It may not be acceptable in formal grammar to use sentence fragments. However, writers are within their rights to use words in whatever way they desire to get their point across to readers. Novelists employ many techniques and structures that may not pass formal grammar rules -- but that does not make them wrong. I think this is effective, interesting writing. There are more important things to argue about.

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