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What are sentence fragments?

This section explains the structure of a complete grammatical sentence and gives examples of simple and complex sentences and sentence fragments.

The rule

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Sentence fragments are incomplete sentences.

For a sentence to be complete - to make sense as an utterance on its own - it must contain both:

and

A sentence can contain other information as well. However, if it doesn't contain a subject and a finite verb, then it's not a sentence.

A subordinate clause is not a complete sentence. Subordinating conjunctions always join two clauses together into one sentence.

 

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