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1 Fragments and Run-ons There will be a link to this PP on my website so you can use it to study. The grammar quiz will be on Wednesday even if Tuesday is a snow day. Study handouts and A Pocket Style Manual.

2 Terms to Know: Subject Subject: who or what the sentence is about (who or what is doing the action) ► Learning grammar is fun. ► She teaches. ► Those who write well know the rules. ► The big hairy dog with the spots on its nose is annoying me.

3 Terms to Know: Predicate Predicate (verb): A verb and any objects, complements, and modifiers that go with it. ► I will go to the store on Saturday. ► The cat with the orange tail purrs loudly. ► I am hungry. ► She is beautiful.

4 Terms to Know: Clauses 1. Clause: word group with a subject and verb, plus any objects, complements, or modifiers. 2. Independent Clause: a word group containing a subject and verb that can or does stand alone as a sentence. I left my books in the rain. They are wet. 3. Subordinate (dependent) Clause: A word group containing a subject and verb that cannot stand alone as a sentence. Since I missed the train. While it was snowing.

5 Terms to Know: Conjunctions 1. Coordinating conjunction: Used to join elements of equal grammatical rank. (fanboys = for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) 2. Subordinating conjunction: A word that introduces a subordinate clause and indicates the relation of the clause to the rest of the sentence. (after, although, because, if, until, when, though, since, etc.) 3. Relative pronouns: one of the following words, when used to introduce and adjective clause, which is a type of subordinate clause. (who, whom, whose, which, that)

6 Finding Fragments A fragment will be missing a subject, the verb, or express an incomplete thought. Subject missing: Are skiing smoothly down the mountain. Should be planted around the house in rows. Verb missing: The two men. All the animals in the house. Incomplete thought: (often takes these forms) Subordinate Clause: Although the two men are skiing smoothly down the mountain. When I am grown up. Verbal phrase: Running down the hall. To improve her score on the SAT. Convinced that he could win the election.

7 How to Fix a Fragment Example: Many adults suffer silently from agoraphobia. A fear of the outside world. ► Pull it into an existing sentence: Many adults suffer silently from agoraphobia, a fear of the outside world. ► Turn it into a sentence: Many adults suffer silently from agoraphobia. They have a fear of the outside world.

8 Recognizing Run-ons A fused sentence has no punctuation or coordinating conjunctions between independent clauses. The room was cold it was damp. A comma splice is where two or more independent clauses are joined with a comma and no coordinating conjunction. At least a lesson had been learned, next time he would prepare for any emergency.

9 How to Repair a Run-on The room was cold it was damp. Add a comma and coordinating conjunction: The room was cold, and it was damp. Add a comma and coordinating conjunction: The room was cold, and it was damp. Use a semicolon: The room was cold; it was damp. Use a semicolon: The room was cold; it was damp. Make the clauses into separate sentences: The room was cold. It was damp. Make the clauses into separate sentences: The room was cold. It was damp. Restructure the sentence: The room was cold and damp. Restructure the sentence: The room was cold and damp. Note: when repairing a run-on, choose the method that works best for that sentence. Of the above choices, which one sounds best?


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