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Section 6.4

Sentence Fragments

A sentence fragment is missing a subject, a verb, or both, butis punctuated as if it were a complete sentence.


Unacceptable

By virtue of their prevalence alone. It is clear thatmood disorders do not necessarily breed genius. [By virtue of their prevalence alone contains neither a subject nora verb.]

To repair a sentence fragment, add the missing element (subject or verb), ormerge the fragment with a clause that does contain a subject and a verb.

Acceptable

By virtue of their prevalence alone, it is clear that mood disorders do notnecessarily breed genius.

--"Manic-Depressive Illness and Creativity,"Scientific American


When you edit your documents, check to be sure thatyou have not used any sentence fragments.

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