Error 1: Sentence Fragments

Error 1: Sentence Fragments


A fragment is a group of words that is punctuated like a sentence and looks like a sentence but is not a sentence.

Checking for Sentence Fragments

  • Check to see if the “sentence” needs a subject.
  • Check to see if the “sentence” needs a verb.
  • Check to see if the “sentence” needs both a subject and a verb.
  • Check to see if the “sentence” is a dependent clause.

Correcting Sentence Fragments

Sentence fragment example: Might take as long as a month.

  • This fragment needs a subject.
  • Complete sentence: The project (subject) might take as long as a month.

Sentence fragment example: Someone on the corner waiting for a car.

  • This fragment needs a complete verb.
  • Complete sentence: Someone on the corner is waiting (complete verb) for a car.

Sentence fragment example: Especially on dark winter days.

  • This fragment is a phrase, so it needs both a subject and a verb. The fragment needs to be attached to an independent clause.
  • Complete sentence: I love a bonfire, especially on dark winter days.

Sentence fragment example: Because I practiced hard.

  • This fragment is a dependent clause.
  • Complete sentence: I practiced hard. (The subordinating conjunction Because has been dropped.)
  • Complete sentence: I did well throughout the game because I practiced hard. (An independent clause has been added to the dependent clause.)


Please print this exercise, mark the correct answers, and check your work against the version with answers.


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