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Complete Sentences. A Project LA Activity Complete Sentences Fragments Run-On Sentences Compound Sentences. Complete Sentences. A complete sentence has a subject and a predicate that work together to make a complete thought. Bobby smiled until he thought his face would crack.

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complete sentences

Complete Sentences

A Project LA Activity

Complete Sentences


Run-On Sentences

Compound Sentences

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Complete Sentences
  • A complete sentence has a subject and a predicate that work together to make a complete thought.

Bobby smiled until he thought his face would crack.

fragment sentences
Fragment Sentences
  • A SENTENCE FRAGMENT fails to be a sentence in the sense that it cannot stand by itself.
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Fragment Sentences
  • may locate something in time and place, but lack a subject-verb relationship.

Last Saturday after the ballgame at the ice cream shop.

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Fragment Sentences
  • may describe something, but have no subject-verb relationship.

Shooting just before the buzzer rang and hoping to score the winning point.

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Fragment Sentences
  • may have most of the makings of a sentence but still be missing an important part of a verb string.

Some of the girls going together to the mall.

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Fragment Sentences
  • may have a subject-verb relationship, but cannot stand by itself.

Even though she was the prettiest girl and had a great talent presentation.

run on sentences
Run-On Sentences
  • A RUN-ON SENTENCE (sometimes called a fused sentence) has at least two parts, either one of which can stand by itself, but the two parts have been connected together with one or two words instead of becoming two sentences.
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Run-On Sentences
  • Remember: The length of a sentence really has nothing to do with whether a sentence is a run-on or not; even a very short sentence could be a run-on.

The books are heavy don’t carry them.

The books are heavy.

Don’t carry them.

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Run-On Sentences
  • When two clauses are connected by only a comma, they are a run-on sentence that is called a comma-splice.

The books are heavy, don’t carry them.

run on sentences happen
Run-On Sentences happen
  • when an independent clause gives an order or directive based on what was said in the prior independent clause.

The game is going to be very close you have to play your best.

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Run-On Sentences happen
  • when two clauses are connected by words such as however, moreover, nevertheless.

Mother packed my lunch today however she forgot to put in my desert.

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Ready for a drill?
  • Is it a complete sentence, run-on, or a fragment? Read each of the following and click your choice!
walking through the dark forest

Walking through the dark forest.

Complete Sentence



bob was running in the yard

Bob was running in the yard.

Complete Sentence



all of the other girls at the mall

All of the other girls at the mall.

Complete Sentence



i have walked to school everyday

I have walked to school everyday.

Complete Sentence



my arm hurts a little

My arm hurts a little.

Complete Sentence



a big crowd of people have arrived

A big crowd of people have arrived.

Complete Sentence



what a day for a party

What a day for a party!

Complete Sentence



even though it was late and very dark

Even though it was late and very dark.

Complete Sentence



the babies are crying and they are sleepy

The babies are crying and they are sleepy.

Complete Sentence



combining sentences
Combining Sentences
  • Sentences have to be combined to avoid the boredom that would happen if all sentences were the same length.
a compound sentence
A Compound Sentence
  • consists of two or more independent clauses. That means that there are at least two units of thought within the sentence, either one of which can stand by itself as its own sentence.
compound sentences
Compound Sentences
  • Words that combine are called conjunctions. The two most common conjunctions are and and but. (The others are or, for, yet, and so.)

Susan likes to read.

She likes to play piano.

Susan likes to read and play the piano.

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Ready for practice?
  • On your paper combine each pair of sentences. A suggested answer will be supplied.
danny ran a mile

Danny ran a mile.

John ran a mile.


we ate dinner

We ate dinner.

We had dessert.


i went to the game

I went to the game.

Joey went skating.


you can come with us

You can come with us.

We are leaving early.


he studied late

He studied late.

He finally went to bed.


canada is a beautiful country

Canada is a beautiful country.

It is cold in the winter.


online complete sentence activities
Online Complete Sentence Activities

Fragment Complete Sentence Quiz

Repairing Fragment Sentences

Repairing Run-On Sentences

Quiz 1 Combining Sentences

Quiz 2 Combining Sentences

Quiz 3 Combining Sentences

Quiz 3 Fragments

Quiz 2 Fragments

Run-On Sentence Quiz

Run-On Sentence Quiz II