sentence fragment


Definition of sentence fragment

: a word, phrase, or clause that usually has in speech the intonation of a sentence but lacks the grammatical structure usually found in the sentences of formal and especially written composition

Examples of sentence fragment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His final version ends on a sentence fragment—a dramatic reminder that arcadias may well be unfinishable. Tess Taylor, WSJ, 7 May 2021 Roger is partial to sentence fragments; Antonia has to supply the rest. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2020 Manuscript Writer constructs an introduction, for example, by pulling sentences and sentence fragments from a set of open-access references and laying them out in what appears to be no particular order. Daniel Engber, Slate Magazine, 12 Dec. 2017 Even the emoluments clause, little more than a sentence fragment, gets more notice nowadays. James W. Lucas, National Review, 8 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of sentence fragment

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sentence fragment was in 1947

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“Sentence fragment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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: a group of words that is written out as a sentence but that lacks a subject or verb


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