What Is A Sentence Fragment?

What Is A Sentence Fragment?


Five Examples of Sentence Fragments: 

  1. ‘He walked out in the grey light and stood and he saw for a brief moment the absolute truth of the world. The cold relentless circling of the intestate earth. Darkness implacable. The blind dogs of the sun in their running. The crushing black vacuum of the universe. And somewhere two hunted animals trembling like ground-foxes in their cover. Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it.‘ (Cormac McCarthy, The Road)
  2. Out, damned spot!‘ (William Shakespeare, Macbeth)
  3. ‘Count yourself lucky to have escaped with your life. Count yourself lucky not to be a prisoner in the car at this moment, speeding away, or at the bottom of a donga with a bullet in your head. Count Lucy lucky too. Above all Lucy.’ (JM Coetzee, Disgrace)
  4. ‘Most places in the world, a statement like that sounded normal. Unfriendly, perhaps, but still common, still acceptable. Most places, but not at a Catholic church.’ (Scott Sigler, Nocturnal)
  5. ‘I’m home, but the house is gone. Not a sandbag, not a nail or a scrap of wire.‘ (Tim O’Brien, LZ Gator, Vietnam. The New York Times Magazine)

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