nonsentence

nonsentence

(ˌnɒnˈsɛntəns)
n
1. (Grammar) grammar (sometimes used in a derogatory way) a string of words that is not a sentence
2. (Law) law a criminal sentence that is deemed by the speaker to be inadequate to the offence; the absence of a criminal sentence
adj
3. (Grammar) grammar not belonging to or part of a sentence
4. (Law) law not part of a criminal sentence
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While it isn't surprising that the system doesn't quite know what to do with nonsentence text, it seems worth commenting on some of the results.
Some teacher of English, reading this, is certain to point out that I've already employed three nonsentences in this opus, and it's not even half finished: (1) "Take the semicolon''; (2) "Or a semiperiod,'' and (3) "Same with punctuation.
Tr) of the truth-predicate; (b) sentences which belong to its counter-extension; and (c) nonsentences.