Major Writing Errors How To Avoid Sentence Fragments

| December 30, 2009

To avoid run on sentences and comma splices it is possible to end up with sentence fragments in our writing. Fragments are incomplete sentences. Usually, fragments are pieces of sentences that have become disconnected from the main clause.

A main clause must contain a subject and a verb as well as express a complete thought. Every sentence must have at least one main clause, without this main clause the sentence would be a fragment.

One problem caused by trying to avoid sentence fragments can be run-on sentences. These are sentences that contain two independent or main clauses. Another problem caused by trying to avoid a run-on sentence can be a comma-splice. A comma-splice is two independent clauses connected by a comma. When we use a comma to connect two independent clauses it must be accompanied by a co-ordinating conjunction such as (and, but, for, nor, yet, or, so).

Since I mentioned conjunctions I couldn’t help but look for this video. This should bring up fond memories for anyone around my age who used to watch Saturday morning cartoons.

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6 Comments on "Major Writing Errors How To Avoid Sentence Fragments"

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  1. Michelle says:

    Oooh, I love that video! Happy New Year!

  2. Emma says:

    Thanks Michelle, same to you I hope all is going well!

  3. But I love sentence fragments so much. They can make very blunt points stand out. However, I am not an English major, so I just make words go together in a way that makes sense for me. Sort of missing the point of written communication though…

  4. Frank Carr says:

    In creating my Blog Content Wizard program I did a lot of research into how blog posts are commonly written. I discovered that sentence fragments are endemic to blogging. So, I decided not to even bother to add checking for them into the program.

  5. Denise Nuttall says:

    Nice tips Emma! Even tough English is my first and only language, I still need refreshers.

    I am just starting my writers blog. When I get it up and running I’ll run it past you. Maybe we can get creative together.

    I have been doing mostly freelance writing lately. The money feels pretty darn good.

  6. Emma says:

    @Frank yeah, I don’t mind the fragments either but sometimes I write for other sites and they seem to care.

    @Denise Congrats on the freelancing I dabble a little bit myself. The reason I actually write these grammar articles is so that I can brush up. I’m sure your writing blog will be a great success. :)