sentence fragment


noun

a phrase or clause written as a sentence but lacking an element, as a subject or verb, that would enable it to function as an independent sentence in normative written English.

Nearby words

  1. sent,
  2. sente,
  3. sentence,
  4. sentence adverb,
  5. sentence connector,
  6. sentence stress,
  7. sentence substitute,
  8. sentencing circle,
  9. sententia,
  10. sentential

Origin of sentence fragment

First recorded in 1945–50

Grammar note


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