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A sentence fragment is a group of words that is only part of a sentence and does not express a complete thought. Usually sentence fragments are pieces of sentences that have become disconnected from the main clauses.
In addition, a sentence without a subject or without a predicate is a fragment of a complete sentence.

Fragment examples: The man who shot Liberty Valance (no predicate); ran quickly across the field (no subject); when it fell off the shelf (no independent clause).

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