Monday, June 30, 2014

Netiquette IQ - Core Fundamentals of Sentence and Email Fragments




Sentence fragments

        Immediately behind email shorthand, the second leading Netiquette grammatical mistake is the area of sentence fragments. Typically, sentence fragments resemble real sentences; some can be quite long. They begin with a capital letter, conclude with an end mark, and lack an independent main clause. One should be mindful of common mistakes that contribute to or cause incomplete sentences.
        Dependent clauses begin with subordinating words:
Subordinate Clause

A number of words missing either a noun or a verb
Present participle

Verb + ing
Infinitive

To + verb
Afterthought Fragment

Especially, for example, for instance, like, such as, including, except, because
Verb Fragment

No noun (i.e., Am at home)
Intentional Fragment

Not a chance, great to hear

Intentional fragments are acceptable from a Netiquette definition but should only be used informally. Without a full, completed sentence, there are a number of undesired message outcomes. Misinterpreted tone is one of these, misunderstood content is another, and the chance of a disrespectful reaction is still another. Again, it should be kept in mind that brevity does not necessarily relate to efficiency. This is particularly true for the recipient, as a fragment may require rereading a message or awaiting more words of clarification.
        Words that most often begin a sentence fragment:
after
since
whereas
although
so
wherever
as
so that
whether
because
than
which
before
that
whichever
even if
though
while
even though
unless
who
if
until
whoever
in order
when
whom
that
whenever
whomever
once
where
whose
provided that

And many “ing” words

Common email fragments

1.   See you
2.   Talk to you later
3.   Be there soon
4.   What on earth
5.   No problem
6.   Twelve days to go
7.   Hope all is well
8.   Maybe later
9.   Looks like rain
10.No way

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