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Sentence and Sensibility 131 Strictly Speaking Which type of sentence often omits the subject? Imperative sentences, because the subject is often under- stood, as shown in these examples: "Clean up this mess" or "Help!" Alley Oops Why learn the different types of sentences and their functions? So you can write correct ones, bubba. When your sentences aren't correct, no one will know what the dickens you're saying. This is not a good thing. There are two basic types of sentence errors: fragments and run-ons. These problems with sentence construction cause clumsy, unpolished writing and speech. Let's look at each of these sentence errors in detail so you'll be able to fix them with ease. Fragments: Lost in Place As its name suggests, a sentence fragment is a group of words that do not express a complete thought. Most times, a fragment is missing a subject, a verb, or both. Other times, a fragment may have a subject and a verb but still not express a complete thought. Fragments don't discriminate: They can be phrases as well as clauses. You Could Look It Up