Complete Sentence, Fragment, or Run-on?
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Basics on the topic Complete Sentence, Fragment, or Run-on?
Let's figure out if it's a complete sentence, sentence fragment, or run-on sentence with Koko and Pip!
Transcript Complete Sentence, Fragment, or Run-on?
Koko is cleaning her, erm, already clean house when suddenly she has an idea for her next blog post! It doesn't take long for Koko to finish eight hundred ninety-two ways to clean using lemons! But it looks like she needs to make some changes before she publishes her post. Let's help Koko by deciding if she's written a.... Complete Sentence, Fragment, or Run-on. A complete sentence is a set of words that make up a complete thought. It always has a SUBJECT or VERB, and... it always starts with a capital letter and ends with punctuation. For example, 'Koko loves to clean.', is a complete sentence. If we remove the subject, 'Koko', from the sentence, 'loves to clean.', it is now a sentence fragment. A sentence fragment is a string of words that cannot convey a complete thought because it is missing the subject or verb. While a sentence fragment doesn't give the reader enough information, a run-on sentence gives too much information. A run-on sentence is made up of two independent clauses, or complete sentences. For example, 'Koko loves to clean she wrote a blog post about how much she loves it.', is a run-on sentence. There are two complete thoughts here...she loves to clean AND she wrote a blog post about how much she loves it. We can correct a run-on sentence by separating it into two complete sentences such as: Koko loves to clean. (...) She wrote a blog about how much she loves it. OR we can add a comma and a conjunction, which is a joining word! Let's try it: Koko loves to clean, AND she wrote a blog post about how much she loves it. Now that we've learned about complete sentences, fragments, and run-ons, let's look at Koko's writing! Tip number forty-eight says: Lemons can be used to make an easy air freshener all you have to do is put some peels in water. Is this a complete sentence, fragment, or run-on? (...) THIS is a run-on sentence because there are two independent clauses that need to be separated or joined using a comma and a conjunction. How do we fix it? (...) This time we will separate them into TWO complete sentences using a period. Let's look at another. Tip number one hundred six says: Are good for cleaning hard water stains.' Is this a complete sentence, fragment, or run-on? (...) THIS is a fragment because the subject is missing. How do we fix it? (...) By adding the subject 'Lemons' we can make it a complete sentence! Rule number four hundred ninety-one says: Lemon juice cuts through the grime they leave toilet bowls sparkling. Is this a complete sentence, fragment, or run-on? (...) THIS is a run-on sentence because there are two independent clauses. How do we fix it? (...) This time we will join them by adding a comma plus the conjunction AND here. Let's try one more. Tip number eight hundred ninety-two says: Lemon sugar scrubs great.' Is this a complete sentence, fragment, or run-on? (...) THIS is a fragment because the VERB is missing. How do we fix it? (...) By adding the verb 'smell' we can make it a complete sentence! While Koko finalizes her post, let's summarize! Remember, (...) a complete sentence is a set of words that make up a complete thought. To make a run-on sentence a complete sentence, you can split it into two sentences... OR add a comma and conjunction to connect them. To make a sentence fragment a complete sentence, revise, or change it by adding what's missing. "Yes already three likes! Pip did you see my new post!? What do you think?!" "It's great! Except...you mentioned all these ways we can use lemons but have you ever tried just eating one!?"