By L. Beason, A. Lester
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A huge SUV was parked in front of my driveway. Blocking me for a good fifteen minutes. (6) Fixing This Problem in Your Writing Identifying Fragments A fragment is almost always a continuation of the preceding sentence. To find and then fix a fragment, we need to separate it from the previous sentence. When a fragment is by itself, isolated from preceding sentences, we are Lesson 1: Fragments 11 much more likely to notice it doesn’t make sense on its own. Here is one tip that will help you isolate fragments.
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LESSON 2 Run-ons: Fused Sentences and Comma Splices EXAMPLE 1 Fused Sentence Error: ✗ I have a test on Thursday it should not be difficult. Correction: , and I have a test on Thursday it should not be difficult. EXAMPLE 2 Error: ^ Comma Splice ✗ The student government election is this week, I have no idea who is running. Correction: but The student government election is this week, I have ^ no idea who is running. What’s the Problem? A run-on sentence contains two independent clauses that have been incorrectly joined together.