A sentence fragment is an incomplete sentence that lacks either a subject or a verb.

Test for sentence completeness:

  • Is there a subject?
  • Is there a verb?

If the answer if NO to either of these questions, then the phrase is a fragment.

  • Is the word group a phrase or a subordinate clause?

If the answer to this question is YES, then the phrase is a fragment.
If all three of these questions were answered correctly, then the phrase is a complete sentence.

Sentence Revision Practice

Correct the following fragments. Ask your tutor to check your work.

  1. I went to school. But I did not stay all day.
  2. I had a weird dream last night. Which made me wake up in a cold sweat.
  3. Because I forgot to go to the store.
  4. Tired after working all day. I took a nap when I got home.
  5. The children were a little tired. Although none of them would admit it.

Writing Practice

Write a paragraph. Be sure that all of your sentences have subjects and verbs. Ask your tutor to check your work.

For additional help, see the section on sentence fragments under Grammar.

Created by Dana Jones.