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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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“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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'How to' vs. 'How do I'

This question is inspired by comments on a question on Stack Overflow. 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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“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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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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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: ...
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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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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 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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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 ...