Thursday, March 17, 2016

Netiquette IQ Blog Of 3/17/2016 -Sentence fragments




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          Complete sentences convey complete thought.
                                                                   Anonymous

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


whoever
if
until
whom
in order
when
whomever
that
whenever
whose
once
where

provided that


Many “ing” words
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