Answered By: Suzanne Schriefer, Education & General Education Librarian Last Updated: Jul 31, 2019 Views: 5
Sentences are composed of a subject (noun) and a predicate (verb). If the sentence is missing one of these components, it is a sentence fragment. In other words, a sentence fragment is a clause or phrase with punctuation to make it look like a complete sentence.
Below are examples of sentence fragments:
- For a number of reasons. (prepositional phrase)
- And even form crystals. (lacks a subject)
To correct a sentence fragment, first identify whether the phrase is missing a subject, a predicate, or both and revise to create a complete sentence. For example:
- She decided not to pursue the job opportunity for a number of reasons.
- Under intense pressure, the chemical compounds combine and even form crystals.