Frequently Made Mistakes in Grammar and Mechanics
Fragments are incomplete sentences that are missing a subject, a verb, or both, and are punctuated as if they were complete sentences.
- You always need a subject and a verb to make a complete sentence.
- In this example, But had no money has no subject.
- WRONG: I was trying to register for school last week. But had no money.
- You can fix the problem by joining the two sentences with a comma and adding the subject I.
- CORRECT: I was trying to register for school last week, but I had no money.
- In this example, the main verb is missing.
- WRONG: The lab the most problematic section of the Biology course.
- You can fix the problem by adding a verb to complete the subject-verb agreement.
- CORRECT: The lab was the most problematic section of the Biology course.