In this ESL writing lesson, the common error of sentence fragments is introduced, and students have a chance to practice rewriting sentence fragments as complete sentences
When you write, you need to avoid sentence fragments. A “fragment” is a “piece” of something, so a sentence fragment is just a piece of a sentence – not a complete sentence.
A complete sentence should have a subject (what is the sentence about?) and a predicate (what does the subject do?). The subject is usually a noun, and the predicate always has a verb. In the examples below, the subjects are boldface and the predicates are underlined.
Read the sentences and fragments below. If it is a complete sentence, write “C”. If it is a sentence fragment, write “F”. (See page 76 for answers.)
1. _____ But I didn’t have time.
2. _____ Everyone I know.
3. _____ I have a cat.
4. _____ The most beautiful girl in the world.
5. _____ My car is too old.
6. _____ We played tennis after school yesterday.
7. _____ Before we woke up on Saturday morning.
8. _____ The dog that I found on the side of the road.
9. _____ Max found a wallet.
10. _____ Sitting on the purple chair.
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