Answered By: Rachel Willard
Last Updated: May 08, 2017     Views: 2458

Every complete sentence has to have a subject and a verb. A sentence fragment is missing one or both of these essential elements. Here are a few examples:

   Ran after the ball. (This fragment has no subject.)

   My aunts, uncles, and cousins. (This fragment has no verb.)

A dependent clause, which is a group of words that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence, can be a fragment:

   After we eat dinner tomorrow night.

For this phrase to be grammatically correct, you would have to combine it with an independent clause, which can stand alone grammatically:

   After we eat dinner tomorrow night, I plan to have dessert.

A phrase is also a group of words that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence. It must be paired with an independent clause as well:

   Incorrect: During the holidays.

   Correct: During the holidays, our entire extended family gathers together



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