Top 20 Writing Errors Cre 101Facts The Undisputed

A complete sentence has three features:

  1. A subject: the actor in a sentence
  2. A verb: the action in a sentence
  3. Expresses a complete thought: the sentence can stand alone and make sense

Some complete sentences can be very short with only two or three words expressing a complete thought.

A sentence fragment is an incomplete sentence. Some fragments are incomplete because they lack either a subject or a verb, or both.

Was running late that day. (No subject: Who was running late?)
The boy with the blue mohawk. (No verb: The boy with the blue mohawk did what?)
The fragments most students have trouble with are dependent clauses.
Dependent clauses have a subject and a verb, so they look like
complete sentences, but they don’t express a complete thought. They are
called “dependent” because they can’t stand on their own as complete
I want you to come to the party. If you are not too busy.
He had no transportation. Because his car was in the shop.
You can easily fix this kind of sentence fragment by joining the independent and dependent clauses to make a single sentence.
I want you to come to the party if you are not too busy.
He had no transportation because his car was in the shop.

Watch the following short video on sentence fragments.

Sentence Fragments

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Writing Help: Top 20 Writing Errors

Writing Help: Sentence Fragments

Check Your Understanding: Prior to starting on
your assignment, take the quiz below to ensure that you understand how
to identify sentence fragments in your writing.

Sentence Fragments Quiz

Graded Assignments

  • Reader’s Log
  • For this lesson’s Reader’s Log, watch this video: TED Talks: Joe Smith’s How to Use a Paper Towel. (Print the transcript PDF .)

    • As you watch, note facts, opinions, and how facts (or even opinions) are substantiated by evidence or hedged appropriately.
      • Share your favorite three examples (one fact and two
        opinions, or two facts and one opinion) with an explanation of how they
        were contextualized, substantiated, or otherwise used by the speaker.
      • Facts and opinions may seem obvious to most people;
        however, the confusion sets in when you make assumptions. It is
        important to remember that just because someone uses statistical data
        doesn’t make it a fact. Facts must be proven through verifiable
        objective evidence. Do your research! Make sure what is being said is
        true. If it can be proven, it is a fact!

    • Your work will be scored by the following criteria.
    Criteria Max. Points available
    Content: In shaping his/her response, the
    student applies vocabulary from the lesson and correctly presents three
    specific examples of the author’s use of facts and opinions and how
    they were contextualized, substantiated, or otherwise used by the
    Grammar/Mechanics: The assignment has been proofread and spellchecked prior to submission. There are no errors that impede comprehension. 5
    Total Possible Points 25

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