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Sentence Fragments. part of a sentence has been left out. A fragment doesn’t convey a complete thought. Sentence Fragments. My little sister has a dance recital tonight. Missing Subject. My mother sat up all night sewing her costume. Missing Verb.

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Sentence Fragments

part of a sentence has been left out

A fragment doesn’t convey a complete thought.

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Sentence Fragments

My little sister has a dance recital tonight.

Missing Subject

My mother sat up all night sewing her costume.

Missing Verb

My sister will dance the part of the leading ladybug.

Missing Helping Verb

She is scheduled to perform at the end of the recital.

Missing Subject & Verb

I feel I ought to go, since she goes to all my soccer games.

OR

Since She goes to all my soccer games.

Subordinate Clause

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Sentence Fragments

In 1865 Western Union needed a telegraph cable. To link America to Europe. Before they could lay the cable across Siberia. Someone needed to survey the land. The task of surveying to George Kennan, an accomplished telegrapher.

went

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Fused Sentences

two or more sentences have been run together without adequate punctuation

It doesn’t show clearly where one idea begins and another ends.

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Fused Sentences

In 1972, a company called Atari created the first video game. It was called Pong.

Missing End Mark

By modern standards it was a very simple game, but it quickly achieved great popularity.

Comma Splice

(Two complete thoughts are separated only by a comma.)

By modern standards it was a very simple game; it quickly achieved great popularity.

By modern standards it was a very simple game. It quickly achieved great popularity.

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Fused Sentences

Kennan was not a linguist, he thought Russian was impossible to learn.