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SENTENCES

    What is a sentence?

    A sentence is a group of words that expresses a complete thought.

    A complete thought is clear.

    A sentence always begins with a capital letter.

    It ends with a full stop (.), a question mark (?) or an exclamation mark (!).

    Examples:

    Ted sent me a letter.

    Jane slept soundly.

     

     

    Sentence fragments

    A sentence fragment does not express a complete thought.

    The reader or listener cannot be sure what is missing in or the meaning of a sentence fragment.

    He or she will be left wondering: What is this about? What happened?

    Examples:

    Fragment: The huge boat.

    (What happened?)

    Sentence: The huge boat sails down the river.

    You can correct a sentence fragment by supplying the missing information.

     

     

    See also

    INFINITIVE PHRASES

    PARTICIPIAL PHRASES

    GERUND PHRASES

    PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES

    VERB PHRASES

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