The UVic Writer's Guide


Fragment (Frag)


A sentence fragment is a sentence without a verb. Usually the student is appending a phrases to a sentence, but does not understand the function of semi-colons or parentheses:

There are a few events in the play which are important both in themselves and symbolically. The first one being the plucking of Gloucester's eyes.

Every sentence must have a subject and a verb (in this case, there is no verb, only a participle ).

For more, see the page on sentence fragments in the section on sentences.


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