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T he Simple Sentence versus The Sentence Fragment
 
Lesson 2-15
Prompt:An independent clause standing by itself as a sentence is referred to as a "simple sentence." A dependent clause or phrase standing by itself is referred to as a "sentence fragment" — just a part of a sentence.
Directions:Below are groups of words, phrases, and clauses. Below each group, click to select whether the group is a simple sentence or a sentence fragment.
1.The start of school each fall is an exciting time.
(simple sentence) (sentence fragment)
2.Teachers arrive before school starts.
(simple sentence) (sentence fragment)
3.On the first day of school.
(simple sentence) (sentence fragment)
4.Because students are new to the school.
(simple sentence) (sentence fragment)
5.Each student is given a class schedule.
(simple sentence) (sentence fragment)
6.A new school year brings new expectations.
(simple sentence) (sentence fragment)
7.When books are issued.
(simple sentence) (sentence fragment)
8.Buying new clothes for the new school year.
(simple sentence) (sentence fragment)
9.Mr. Jones will teach history this year.
(simple sentence) (sentence fragment)
10.Supplies have been given to each teacher.
(simple sentence) (sentence fragment)
11.Although the senior class is large.
(simple sentence) (sentence fragment)
12.Students enjoy learning.
(simple sentence) (sentence fragment)
13.Teachers are well rested after the summer.
(simple sentence) (sentence fragment)
14.English grammar books will be issued in English classes.
(simple sentence) (sentence fragment)