Sentence fragments

Sentence fragments are on their way to becoming sentences, but they can't stand alone.

What is a sentence fragment?

A sentence fragment is a phrase or clause that is punctuated and capitalized as a sentence but does not constitute a complete grammatical sentence because it lacks an element, such as a subject or verb.

Sentence fragment examples

Example 1

"When I met up with my friends at the mall."

How to fix this sentence fragment

Since the fragment is a dependent clause, it does not make sense on its own. Add more information to complete the sentence.

"When I met up with my friends at the mall, they were all gossiping about a few classmates they'd seen in the food court."

Example 2

"At Stacy's house, right before Christmas."

How to fix this sentence fragment

This fragment is missing a subject and a verb. Add these elements to complete the sentence.

"At Stacy's house, right before Christmas, her uncle always dresses up like Santa for the neighborhood kids."

Example 3: Lyrical Edition

"Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain." Lyrics to "America the Beautiful"

How to fix this sentence fragment

Chalk this one up to poetic license.

What's the most embarrassing sentence fragment you've ever written?

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