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Grammar and Punctuation: Sentence Fragments and Run-Ons

Sentence Fragments 

A sentence fragment is an incomplete sentence. Sometimes a fragment is missing a subject and/or a verb. Other times, a fragment has a subject and a verb, but the thought still isn’t complete.

A run-on sentence, on the other hand, is a sentence that has too many complete thoughts or ideas that need to be further broken up, either with punctuation, transition words, or a mix of both.

Identifying the subjects, verbs, and supplemental parts of a sentence is the first step to being able to recognize sentence fragments or run-on sentences. See the handouts linked below for specific examples.


Extra Resources

Sentence Fragments - Guide to Grammar 

Run-on Sentences - Guide to Grammar 

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