Which of the following is a fragment?

1.The truth can be unpleasant.
2.The rams locked horns, and the tourists watched them from far away.
3.The dancer floated across the stage.
4.The canoe with the blue stripes.
Original Post
A complete sentence is one that has a grammatical subject and a full verb, and that expresses a "complete idea." These are the minimal ingredients of a complete sentence. Anything else is a fragment.

All you have to do when identifying a fragment is ask whether it has a grammatical subject and at least one full verb (e.g. not just an -ing or -ed form alone). If one of these elements is missing, the utterance is a fragment.

Not all sentence fragments are inadvisable, but they should be avoided, except for special purposes such as emphasis, or in colloquial writing.

Marilyn
So the only fragment in this group is # 4: the canoe with the blue stripes.

All the other items have a subject and a full verb, as Marilyn describes.
# 4 has no verb at all.

Rachel

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