A sentence fragment is an incomplete sentence, and it’s something you want to avoid in your writing.
In order to be complete, a sentence must have both a subject and a verb. A verb describes an action or state of being. A subject is the person, place, or thing that is doing or being something in the sentence. When a sentence lacks a subject or a verb, we call it a sentence fragment.
Luckily, revising sentence fragments is a simple process.
You often have several options when it comes to completing a sentence fragment.
You may have occasionally seen sentence fragments used in writing, which confuses some students. Keep in mind that sentence fragments are sometimes acceptable for creative purposes, but they should never be used in academic or professional writing.
To learn more about sentence fragments, review WriteLab’s Guide.
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