Memo to schoolmarms: It’s OK to use incomplete sentences

88f4n shot 2013 03 27 at 1.54.02 PM e1365444629271 Memo to schoolmarms: It’s OK to use incomplete sentences

There are a few rules that are drummed so incessantly into our heads in school that we cannot help but internalize them. One is “No sentence fragments!”Actually, that should be “Don’t use sentence fragments!” so as not to break its own rule. What is a sentence fragment? Anything that looks like a sentence — starts with a capital letter and ends with a period — but is not a syntactically complete standard sentence.This “rule” has some validity as a general guideline, especially to help adolescents get over some of their more atrocious writing habits. But respected authors and well-educated writers have always used exceptions to the “rule” for good effect. Here are some examples:Sentences without verbsIt’s obvious that a sentence needs a verb. Right? If not, why not?Did you see what I just did there? I didn’t need to say “Is that right? If it is not, why is it not?” You can sometimes get by without restating things. This is called ellipsis, and is found in many a well-polished work of prose. No need for extra information. The shorter the better. Out with the longwinded and in with the concise.Continue Reading…

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Memo to schoolmarms: It’s OK to use incomplete sentences

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