What is a fragment and why do I need to fix them?
A fragment is like a train without an engine. It may look kind of pretty just sitting there, but it doesn't work, and it won't take your reader anywhere. It will only frustrate him.
For example, if I walked into the room and said to you, "When I woke up this morning..."
You'd say, "So, what happened?" And if I didn't tell you more, you'd be probably be somewhat frustrated with me.
Fragments are incomplete thoughts. To read more about Fragments and how to fix them, click here and here.
Understanding how sentences are put together will help us avoid making some basic mistakes in our writing.
The first few exercises are an opportunity for you to practice identifying sentence types. We have identified three types so far: simple, compound, and complex.
There is one more type of sentence that you should be familiar with.
It is called a compound-complex sentence. Very simply, this type of sentence has at least two independent clauses (compound) and at least one dependent clause (complex).
Click here to review the four sentence types.
Here are some more online exercises to help you:
My name is Craig, and I've been teaching English for many years. I initially created this site for my students, but all English learners are welcome. I hope you find something helpful to you. Feel free to leave suggestions or ideas in the Comments section under any entry.