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Questions tagged [sentence-fragments]

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

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Why is “Consequences inflicted.” not a sentence?

I was helping a friend write a paper and came across a sentence which confused me. The sentence was something along the lines of: Horrifying consequences inflicted upon innocent people. As soon as ...
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Is it ok to use just “Careful!” instead of ”Be careful!” preceded by “be”?

Is it “correct” if I say Careful! here without be in front of it? Careful! There is a car coming! Careful! Just one step back and you will fall off the cliff.
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Why and when are some clause fragments preferred to full clauses?

(1) Test complete. [= The test is complete.] (2) Court adjourned. [= The court is adjourned.] (3) Apology accepted. [= The apology is accepted.] (4) Request granted. [= The request is ...
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Can I Start a Sentence with the Words 'Awesome' and 'Great' when Responding to Someone?

I was wondering if it's grammatically correct to start a sentence with the words 'awesome' and 'great' as a response. For example: Person 1: "The meeting has been scheduled." Person 2: "Great, ...
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Sentence Fragment? “The [adverb] [noun] [verb], the [adverb] [noun] [verb].”

I apologize if this has been asked before, but I cannot find a clear answer. I am analyzing a statement and attempting to determine if it is a fragment or complete sentence. This is the general idea ...
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Does this sentence sound good/. [closed]

Changes are not always good or appreciated in one’s life. Some people think changes can bring opportunities to explore more options. But people like me always consider them a challenge and impractical ...
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Can someone please explain the validity of “Noun is.” as an answer to a question

I am first language English and currently supporting a Japanese teacher in teaching Japanese students English. I've run across an issue twice where my initial reaction was to call it an error, but it ...
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I don't know why this sentence is wrong [closed]

Office Word made a recommendation that the following sentence is a fragment and needed to be revised, but I don't know why and how to revise it. But it isn't necessary that university split the ...
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Complex? Fragment?

Is the sentence below considered complex because of the subordinate clause beginning with "as", or should it be considered a fragment because "It is" is not an independent clause and therefore does ...
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Use of an incomplete sentence as a footnote

Can a footnote be an incomplete sentence? For example, a footnote for "Pharaoh" says, "The Egyptian king during the time of Prophet Moses." If so, should "the" be capitalized or not?
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Is “Listen Up!” A complete sentence? [duplicate]

Is "Listen up" a complete sentence or is it just a fragment?
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Can “all of which” be used as the subject of a sentence?

For example, I wrote this: However, offering anything more specific than first, second, and third class will slow processing times, increase customer inconvenience and customer inequality, all of ...
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Why is this a fragment sentence? [closed]

Why is this a fragment sentence? Indicate that antibacterial soaps may wash away useful bacteria.
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Tweets ending with a sentence fragment. What happened? [closed]

I've been active on Twitter for many years, but recently something strange has been happening, and I don't mean suspicious, but something I can't explain, you see, people have been writing tweets and ...
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Breaking sentences up

What is the right term for breaking or dividing a sentence into fragments, wherein each fragment still contains a thought/meaning? e.g.: Sports can ostracize people/ who are not very good at them./...
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Is writing “wishing you the best of health” at end of a letter considered a sentence fragment? [closed]

Is writing "wishing you the best of health" at end of a letter considered a sentence fragment?
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what is the type of fragment in this?

"Marina dove into the ocean depths, her tail slapping the surface dismissively" I want to know if this is comma splice or a sort of correct usage of a clause. I don't think its adjective clause, but ...
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Help with what MS Word insists is a comma splice

I usually either accept or work around Word's grammar suggestions (I hate having red/blue lines in my documents) but this particular suggestion has me stumped. The sentence is "Striding forward with ...
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Is this a run on sentence?

Me and my dad are having a dispute over if this is is a run on sentence or not: From making silly pictures on Photoshop to playing a game that brought me to another world, and even being dubbed as ...
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what are these rules? [closed]

I want to mention a link. http://www.chompchomp.com/rules/fragrules.htm In this link, there has been mentioned some words such as 'Punctuation Rule 1, Punctuation Rule 5 etc. What are these? Would ...
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Fragments and Full Sentences.

"Popular museum located in an old warehouse." Is this a complete sentence? I feel it could become one by changing it to "A popular museum, located in an old warehouse."
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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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How to end one-word sentences like “done”?

How do we end one-word sentences? Should there be a full stop or another punctuation mark? or can I just use it without any punctuation mark? I usually say "Done." in response to emails where I'm ...
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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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Verbless sentence [duplicate]

I thought I heard my teacher said: 'Don't construct a sentence without a verb.' Is there such rule in english grammar? She looks like 70 years old. Perhaps older. How about the question above? Is ...
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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 ...
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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 rules ...
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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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'How to' vs 'How do I'

This question is inspired by comments on a question on stackoverflow. The original poster wrote: How to correct this error? And comments say that it's an incorrect question. Better is How do I ...
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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 the ...
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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 to ...
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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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“Who wants ice-cream?” — Should I say “(not) I” or “(not) me”?

With the enthusiastic question of "Who wants ice-cream?", what is the more correct response? (Not) I. (Not) me. Neither response is a sentence. The first response of "(not) I" sounds ...
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Microsoft Word's “fragments”

Microsoft Word loves underlining things I am typing with a green squiggle. One thing which I find rather annoying is its labelling of sentences as "fragments". Here are two which it catches: ...