FRAGMENTS, SENTENCES, COMMA SPLICES, AND RUN-ONS

Notes!

Fragment
‡ An incomplete sentence!
±Usually missing a subject, verb, or complete thought. ±Key words that let you know you might have a fragment:
‡ -ing, since, when, although, because, as, to «
±Ex: When I sent the letter. ±Ex: Running to the store. ±Ex: Because she hated movies.

Sentence
‡ Has ALL three things:
± a subject (who / what the sentence is about) ± Verb (the action or ³is/are/was/were´) ± Expresses a complete thought. ±Ex: I sent the letter. ±Ex: She was running to the store. ±Ex: Because she hated movies, she rented DVDs.

Comma Splice
‡ Is WRONG!
±When you join two or more sentences with JUST a comma!
‡ Ex: I sent the letter, she got it in the mail. ‡ Ex: She was running to the store, he wanted milk. ‡ Ex: She hated movies, she rented DVDs.

Remember:

. = ; = ,and

Run-on Sentence
‡ Is WRONG!
±When you join two or more sentences with NO punctuation!
‡ Ex: I sent the letter she got it in the mail. ‡ Ex: She was running to the store he wanted milk. ‡ Ex: She hated movies she rented DVDs.

Remember:

. = ; = ,and

Can you join two sentences with just a comma?

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