sentence fragment

noun

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

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First Known Use of sentence fragment

1947

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SENTENCE FRAGMENT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of sentence fragment for English Language Learners

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


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