In a few words, what is the difference between a sentence and a fragment?
A sentence is a group of words that expresses a complete thought. A fragment is an incomplete group of words that is missing either a subject or a verb. Knowing the difference between sentences and fragments will help you write clear, complete thoughts.
Sentence and Fragment Basics
Sentence: A group of words that expresses a complete thought. It must have a subject and a verb, and it must express a complete thought. Fragment: A group of words that does not express a complete thought. It may lack a subject, a verb, or both. Run-on Sentence: A sentence in which two or more independent clauses are joined without proper punctuation or conjunction.
Sentences can contain more than one clause, but they must have at least one independent clause (a clause that can stand on its own). Most fragments are incomplete because they are missing a subject or a verb. Sentences can be written in different tenses, such as the present, past, and future tense.
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Work together in pairs: What is the difference between a sentence and a fragment?
What is the difference between a complete sentence and a fragment?
Work together in pairs: What is the difference between a complete sentence and a fragment?
Brain break: Draw a banana dressed as a superhero flying through space
Which of the following is a complete sentence?
- Running in the park.
- With my friends.
- I like to play soccer.
What is a sentence fragment?
- A statement that ends with a question mark.
- A group of words that does not express a complete thought.
- A long and complex sentence.
Which of the following is an example of a complete sentence?
- Because it was raining all day.
- She walked her dog in the morning and went for a jog.
- The cat meowing loudly at night.
What makes a sentence complete?
- It must start with an uppercase letter.
- It must be at least ten words long.
- It must have both a subject and a predicate.
Identify the fragment in this group: 'Running through the fields on sunny days.'
- Running through the fields
- 'on sunny days'