Fun with Fragments

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Fun with Fragments
Exploring
Sentences and Sentence
Fragments
A sentence is a group of words that expresses a
complete thought.
A sentence contains
a subject and a verb.
Dan attended the pep rally before the football game.
Sometimes part of the sentence may be missing.
Three little girls in the front row
What’s missing?
Ran behind the blue couch
What’s missing?
In the attic at the top of the stairs
What’s missing?
When a group of words
fails to tell us
Who or what did something (the subject),
What happened (the verb),
Or both (the subject and the verb),
we have what is known as
a sentence fragment.
A sentence fragment is only a
piece of a sentence.
It does not express a complete
thought.
Let’s correct these sentence
fragments!
Sat behind me in science class
What’s missing?
Yes, we need a subject.
The new girl sat behind me in
science class.
The bag of groceries on the kitchen
table
What’s missing?
Yes, we need a verb.
The bag of groceries on the kitchen
table goes to Grandmother's
house.
After the rain stopped
What’s missing?
Yes, we need a subject and a verb.
After the rain stopped, the
children ran outside to play.
Remember,
a sentence must tell you all you
need to know to have a complete
thought.
Watch out for sentence
fragments!
The End
Created by Wanda Epting for the C·R·E·A·T·E for Mississippi Project. Copyright 2002. All rights reserved.
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