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    fragmented sentences

    I am a college freshman, and I have a hard time understanding what a fragment sentance is. Also, what exactly is a comma splice?

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    Re: fragmented sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by ben11780 View Post
    I am a college freshman, and I have a hard time understanding what a fragment sentance is. Also, what exactly is a comma splice?
    A sentence fragment is an incomplete sentence -- it is missing a verb and/or a subject or it is a dependent clause.

    John drinking at the bar.
    Walked to work.
    Despite believing the man's story.

    There are several types of run-on sentence. A comma splice is one of them.
    A comma splice is two independent clauses separarted by nothing more than a comma.

    John walked down the street, he saw a parrot fly out of somebody's window.

    That should be:

    1. John walked down the street; he saw a parrot fly out of somebody's window.
    2. John walked down the street, and he saw a parrot fly out of somebody's window.
    3. John walked down the street. He saw a parrot fly out of somebody's window.
    4. As John walked down the street, he saw a parrot fly out of somebody's window.

    A comma splice is acceptable only when the two clauses are intimately related and very short.

    She wasn't there, I was.

    Even there, a semicolon wouldn't hurt.

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