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

    "Because my children were sick and I was up all night." Is this a sentence or a fragment ? I think it's a fragment, though not 100 % sure.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by birgit33 View Post
    "Because my children were sick and I was up all night." Is this a sentence or a fragment ? I think it's a fragment, though not 100 % sure.


    ***** A NON-TEACHER's COMMENT *****


    (1) A great question!!!

    (2) I may have found the answer in Professor Paul Roberts's

    Understanding Grammar (1954).

    (3) That scholar explains that some words may be a fragment in

    one context and not a fragment in another context.

    (a) "While we were waiting." Is that a fragment? Professor Roberts

    says that it is not IF you say it in answer to the question: "When did

    you see him?" On the other hand, it is a fragment if you write it this

    way: We discussed that and several other matters. While we were

    waiting.

    (4) Maybe (maybe!!!) your example is not a fragment IF it is an answer

    to the question: "Why do you look so sleepy?" On the other hand, I

    guess it would be a fragment if written: Because my children were sick.

    I was up all night.

    (5) To be on the safe side, it would probably be better to rewrite your

    sentence something like:

    Because my children were sick, I was up all night. / I was up all night

    because my children were sick.



    Respectfully yours,


    James

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

    Quote Originally Posted by birgit33 View Post
    "Because my children were sick and I was up all night." Is this a sentence or a fragment ? I think it's a fragment, though not 100 % sure.
    It's a fragment.

    Because my children were sick and because I was up all night -- so, what because of it?

    If it was "Because my children were sick, I was up all night", then you have a full sentence.

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

    If you have a doubt about whether a phrase is a sentence or not look for the verb that "runs" the sentence. While technically "was" is a verb, it does not interact with a subject (there is none here) to create an independent clause (sentence). The necessary verb is missing, thus it is not a sentence. Remember that you always need a verb. That is the main part of any sentence.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** A NON-TEACHER's COMMENT *****


    (1) A great question!!!

    (2) I may have found the answer in Professor Paul Roberts's

    Understanding Grammar (1954).

    (3) That scholar explains that some words may be a fragment in

    one context and not a fragment in another context.

    (a) "While we were waiting." Is that a fragment? Professor Roberts

    says that it is not IF you say it in answer to the question: "When did

    you see him?" On the other hand, it is a fragment if you write it this

    way: We discussed that and several other matters. While we were

    waiting.

    (4) Maybe (maybe!!!) your example is not a fragment IF it is an answer

    to the question: "Why do you look so sleepy?" On the other hand, I

    guess it would be a fragment if written: Because my children were sick.

    I was up all night.

    (5) To be on the safe side, it would probably be better to rewrite your

    sentence something like:

    Because my children were sick, I was up all night. / I was up all night

    because my children were sick.



    Respectfully yours,


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

    Quote Originally Posted by birgit33 View Post
    "Because my children were sick and I was up all night." Is this a sentence or a fragment ? .
    =Not a Teacher=

    This is not, as it stands, a complete sentence. "My children were sick" and "I was up all night" both follow the subordinating cojunction "because".

    Neither, in some circumstances, is it really a fragment. As TheParser pointed out, if it is an answer to a question such as "Why do you look so sleepy", then we have a complete thought with the main clause,"I look so sleepy" implied.

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