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sentence fragment

n.
A phrase or clause that is punctuated and capitalized as a sentence but does not constitute a complete grammatical sentence.

sen′tence frag`ment


n.
a phrase or clause written as a sentence but lacking an element, as a subject or verb, that would enable it to function as an independent sentence in normative written English.
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they growl, "Sentence fragment!" They huff, "Period fault!"
He meticulously labels each error, subtracting 15 points for every sentence fragment or comma splice, three points for each misused apostrophe, and so on.
Christopher's syntactical weapon of choice is the sentence fragment. The halting rhythms of these lines seem to work as a blunt object against the implacable thrust of the narrative; yet this is also the staccato language of pulp fiction.
relative clause fragment--a sentence fragment containing a relative pronoun (who, which, that)
In telling these stories, Howard favors the sentence fragment, which she layers like paint upon a canvass: "Possible to see Audubon's life demoted to documentary.
A first sentence fragment juxtaposes two phrases on opposite sides of a colon, perhaps to offer an initial articulation of the poem's concerns - the body in "its final commerce" (what could that mean?), the emotions attendant upon the desire to speak and in some sense "complete" memory and emotion.
While the content of the volume is solid and informative, the overall production of the text seems rushed and may account for the flaws in writing, which surprisingly include a sentence fragment. The index is spotty and fails to address the same topics that are mentioned in various articles.
In German this phrase is a chopped-up sentence fragment, but its invitation to apply the written word to the visual image is clear.
We have said that a complete sentence requires a subject, a verb, and an independent structure or "complete thought." Thus an incomplete sentence, a sentence fragment, is missing one or more of those ingredients.
Some students managed to construct an entire mini-narrative from the sentence fragment.
The work's notes are extensive (107 pages), though sentence fragment linked rather than numeric based, and the index (20 pages) is well developed.
I use the sentence fragment to bring up questions: What is language actually for?