FRAGMENTS Fragments result if you punctuate certain word groups as if they are complete sentences. You are missing the subject or verb or both
Pick out the fragment. A. Maria wasn't watching her plate of barbecue very carefully.B.So Santana, the family beagle, snatched a chicken leg hanging over the edge.C.As baked beans and potato salad slid onto Maria's new sandals.
Pick out the fragment. Then tell WHY it is a fragment (What is it missing?) Ever since Andre peeked at Melissa's paper during the biology exam. Andre was consumed by guilt. Fragment: Ever since Andre peeked at Melissa's paper during the biology exam. Why?: The first part is a subordinate clause fragment. This part has a subject, Andre, and a verb, peeked, but the subordinate conjunction since keeps it from making a complete thought.
Wednesday • James opened the door of his cluttered refrigerator. Which caused a pint of blueberries to fall to the floor. The fruit bounced and rolled everywhere in an explosion of indigo. • Which part is the fragment? • Which caused a pint of blueberries to fall to the floor. • Why? • The second part is a subordinate clause fragment. The relative pronoun which keeps the word group from making a complete thought.
Thursday • Richie loves to walk his friends' dogs at Lake Eola Park. For example, Kim's Labrador retriever Murphy or Gary's bulldog Kembo. Beautiful women, Richie has learned, gravitate toward guys with cute dogs. • Which is the fragment? • For example, Kim's Labrador retriever Murphy or Gary's bulldog Kembo. • Why? • The second part is an afterthought fragment. Good details support the first sentence, but those details do not include a main clause, the essential component of a complete sentence.