Fragment Practice 1

Identify any fragments in the following "sentences." Keep in mind that a sentence must have a subject, have a verb, and express a complete thought.

Remember that the "ing" form of a verb is not a true verb unless it is preceded by a helping verb.

Remember that the "to" form of the verb (the infinitive) is not a verb.

1. Martha Stewart not dining with us this Thanksgiving.

2. I'm telling you in advance.

3. So don't act surprised.

4. Since Ms. Stewart won't be coming.

5. I've made a few small changes.

6. Our sidewalk will not be lined with homemade paper bag luminaries.

7. After a trial run.

8. It was decided that, no matter how cleverly done, rows of flaming lunch sacks do not have the desired welcoming effect.

9. Once inside, our guests noting that the entry is not decorated with the swags of Indian corn and fall foliage that I had planned to make.

10. Instead, I've gotten the kids involved in the decorating by having them track in colorful autumn leaves from the front yard.

11. The mud was their idea.

12. The dining table not covered with expensive linens, fancy china, or crystal goblets.

13. However, since this is Thanksgiving.

14. We will refrain from using the plastic Peter Rabit plate and the Santa napkins from last Christmas.

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