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Summary: Sentence fragments

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Incomplete sentences (sentence fragments) mainly happen because your sentence:

  • has no verb at all.
  • has no finite verb.
  • begins with a conjunction that introduces a two-part structure, but you have only included one part of it.
  • begins with a relative pronoun that should refer to previous information in the same sentence, but does not.

Check verbs are finite by asking whether they have a subject and show tense or modality.


Identify all conjunctions at the beginning of sentences, and ask whether you need a second clause to complete the information.


Identify all relative pronouns at the beginning of your sentences, and put the information they are referring to before them in the same sentence.

You have completed Module 1, Unit 1: Sentence fragments.

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