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What is a sentence?

A sentence is a group of words that expresses a complete thought.

A complete thought is clear.

A sentence always begins with a capital letter.

It ends with a full stop (.), a question mark (?) or an exclamation mark (!).

Examples:

Ted sent me a letter.

Jane slept soundly.

 

 

Sentence fragments

A sentence fragment does not express a complete thought.

The reader or listener cannot be sure what is missing in or the meaning of a sentence fragment.

He or she will be left wondering: What is this about? What happened?

Examples:

Fragment: The huge boat.

(What happened?)

Sentence: The huge boat sails down the river.

You can correct a sentence fragment by supplying the missing information.

 

 

See also

INFINITIVE PHRASES

PARTICIPIAL PHRASES

GERUND PHRASES

PREPOSITIONAL PHRASES

VERB PHRASES

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