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    Are the sentences or fragments?

    1. I am.
    2. He is.
    3. We are.
    4. She did.

    Are the above sentences or are they fragments? If neither, what are they called?

    Many thanks.

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    Exclamation Re: Are the sentences or fragments?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    1. I am.
    2. He is.
    3. We are.
    4. She did.

    Are the above sentences or are they fragments? If neither, what are they called?

    Many thanks.
    The verb “To be” most frequently works in conjunction with another verb: Occasionally, though, the verb will stand by itself, alone, in a sentence. This is especially true in simple, brief answers to questions as: Who's going to the movies with me?” “I am
    Normally, it acts as a linking verb, joining the sentence subject with a subject complement and adjective complement. Here the first three sentences can not be taken as answer to questions nor linking verb without linking anything. So these are simply fragments or incomplete sentences. Sentence 4 is also a fragment as the verb ‘did’ neither acts as auxiliary or as full verbs

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    Re: Are the sentences or fragments?

    They are both. Grammatical sentences, but incomplete or requiring other information from context (hence fragments). The phenomenon generally is often known as "ellipsis".

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