Quick Start Guide: Sentence Fragments


Welcome to the Learning Commons Quick Start Guide on how to avoid sentence fragments!

While an easy mistake to make, sentence fragments can harm reading comprehension and make your essay quality fall substantially. This Guide will explain:

  • What sentence fragments are
  • How to fix sentence fragments
Course Information

Course Level: Beginner

Time to Complete: 15 mins

Perfect for: Students in WRTG100/101, ENGL103, or anyone who needs a refresher.

Guide Creator: Alice Wu

Sentence Fragments 101

This video is a primer on what makes for a sentence fragment:

  • Sentence fragments do not tell “the whole story”
    • Missing predicates
    • Missing subjects

In this mini-course we explore this in more detail:

  1. Independent clauses
  2. Dependent clauses
  3. Easy fixes
  4. Wrap-up