Sentence fragments: What do we know?

One writing mistake involves sentence fragments.

A complete sentence will have at least one subject and one verb. Sentences are considered fragments when they are missing either the subject or the verb.

Consider the following fragments:

Made chocolate pudding.

Just who made that pudding?  Can you see the subject is missing?

Susan made the chocolate pudding.

Oh, I see that it was Susan who made the pudding!

The chocolate ice cream on the table.

The above sentence doesn’t provide us with a verb.

The chocolate ice cream on the table melted.

Now we added the verb and it is now a complete sentence.

Often writers are letting their thoughts jump ahead which leads to sentence fragments.

Having seen the barges on the river.  Jack was excited to see the fireworks show.

Since the above sounds right, one overlooks the fact that it was really meant to be one sentence.

Having seen the barges on the river,  Jack was excited to see the fireworks show.

 

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