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Sentence Fragments

A sentence fragment fails to be a sentence because it cannot stand by itself. It does not contain at least one independent clause. There are several reasons why a group of words may appear to be a sentence but turn out to be a sentence fragment instead. The sentence fragment may contain a series of prepositional phrases without a proper subject-verb relationship. For example, "In Texas, sometime in early April, just before the bluebonnets appear." The sentence fragment may be a verbal phrase that wants to modify something, but that something is missing. For example, "Working deep into the night in an effort to get his taxes completed." Finally, the sentence fragment may have a subject-verb relationship, but it has been subordinated to another idea or word so it cannot stand by itself. For example, "Although he was taller than his older brother."


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