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The Sentence Fragment: Use It Judiciously. To Make a Point.

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A Word From The Word

These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. (Proverbs 1:1-2, NLT)

The Sentence Fragment: a #devotional for writers based on Prov 1:1-2 with Word Wise at Nonprofit Copywriter #WritingTips #Editing

A sentence fragment is an incomplete sentence. Maybe it’s missing a noun. Or a verb.

People speak in fragments. Take a few moments to listen to the conversation around you and you’ll understand what I mean.

A sentence fragment is spoken in context, which allows you to figure out its meaning. But too many sentence fragments in your writing can be confusing for the reader. When writers write dialogue, they convert conversational fragments to full sentences to make content more readable.

Good writers don’t eliminate sentence fragments completely from their content. They use sentence fragments for emphasis.

To make a point.

A writer’s goal is similar to Solomon’s purpose in writing the Proverbs: “to help people understand insights.”

Clarity and emphasis are keys to bringing about understanding. Which is why writers occasionally use a sentence fragment.

  • To bring about understanding.
  • To emphasize a truth.
  • To make a point.

A Wise Word

Use a sentence fragment judiciously. To make a point.

A Word To Pray

Heavenly Father,

I want to help my readers understand the truths you give me. Show me how to use writing devices, like a sentence fragment, with wisdom.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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