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    #1

    Because my children were sick and I was up all night.

    "Because my children were sick and I was up all night." Why is this a fragment ? It has a dependent clause "Because my children were sick" and an independent clause "I was up all night". Where do I go wrong ?

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    #2

    Re: Because my children were sick and I was up all night.

    You went wrong with the "and" which links to independent clauses.

    Change that "and" to a comma and you're in business.

    Delete the "because" and leave the "and" and you're good too.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: Because my children were sick and I was up all night.

    Not a teacher-

    The only circumstance in which your original text can work
    is when you add something at the end like:

    Because my children were sick and I was up all night, I got sick too.
    (talking about a real catch 22!!!)

    Then you are open for business(?).
    Last edited by rainous; 07-Dec-2011 at 07:50.

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    Re: Because my children were sick and I was up all night.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    What if you added something at the beginning?
    Then you gonna have to lowercase "B".

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    Re: Because my children were sick and I was up all night.

    Quote Originally Posted by rainous View Post
    Then you gonna have to lowercase "B".
    I'll forgive you your 'you gonna' for that.

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    Re: Because my children were sick and I was up all night.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I'll forgive you your 'you gonna' for that.
    Much obliged, Sir.

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    Re: Because my children were sick and I was up all night.

    For the record, I do know my first post should have had "two" instead of "to" and I appreciate anyone who charitably thought I meant "linking to."
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    Re: Because my children were sick and I was up all night.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    For the record, I do know my first post should have had "two" instead of "to" and I appreciate anyone who charitably thought I meant "linking to."
    I just uncharitably ignored it. I am not going to condone sneaky attempts to build up your record of typos. I am the undisputed heavyweight tpyo champion of the usingebglish.com forum, and will remain so for many years yeti.

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    #9

    Re: Because my children were sick and I was up all night.

    Why is this a fragment ?


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) This is one of the most common mistakes that learners and some native speakers make.

    (2) If a stranger on the street (sidewalk) came up to you and said

    "Because my children were sick and I was up all night," you would probably think that

    the person was crazy. You would "feel" that something was missing. You would

    ask that person what he was talking about.

    (a) Then that person might reply:

    Oh, excuse me. This is what I wanted to say:

    "I was late to work because my children were sick and I was up all night."

    Because my children were sick and I was up all night, I arrived at work almost two hours late.

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