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   Sentence Fragment

30 Common Writing Errors and Their Solutions

Sentence Fragment
Run On/Comma Splice

Parenthetic Expression
Series
Comma Before Independent Clause
Semi-Colon
Colon
Punctuation at end of Quotation
Single Quote Marks
Dialogue
Titles
Possession
Its/It's
Dangling Modifier
Misplaced Modifier
Vague Pronoun Reference
Me/Like
Number Agreement
Parallel Structure
Verb Tenses
Fused Words
Spelling
Passive Voice

Negative Form
Cliches
Choppy Sentences
Wordiness
Qualifiers and Intensifiers
Hedging
Vague, Stilted or Flowery Language

This listing of 30 common writing errors was compiled by The Pingry School and is used with permission.

A fragment is a non-sentence (no matter how long) punctuated like a sentence. Often, the solution is to change the preceding period to a comma. Note that a subordinating conjunction (after, before, because, while, etc.) may turn a complete sentence into a fragment. Fragments are often appropriate in fiction and informal writing: No one home. Big deal.

Robinson’s amazement at the extraordinary depth and extreme subtlety of Smith’s analysis.

The ivory-billed woodpecker is now extinct. While the starling, which was introduced to this country from Europe by overzealous bird fanciers, runs rampant.

Robinson was amazed at the extraordinary depth and extreme subtlety of Smith’s analysis.

The ivory-billed woodpecker is now extinct, while the starling, which was introduced to this country from Europe by overzealous bird fanciers, runs rampant.