There are very few days when a writer is not looking for the thought or term that they may need to finish of a sentence the way that they have hoped to. In some cases that will be just a word and sometimes a phrase. In most cases we are working toward understanding a little more grammar mechanics, but these worksheets will really help you a great deal. We expect students to be able to not only understand the definition of the words that they are placing, but also where to use those words in context. Students will be tasked with writing a complete thought after being given a starting or ending prompt. We then have students write their own sentences when given a word to put into context. While this may seem like a pointless exercise this can really help extend your ability to express yourself with language. This series of worksheets will be missing something. You are tasked with determining what is missing to make it a complete sentence.
Complete each sentence using the word or set of words that best completes the thought as a whole.
Choose from the commonly confused words below to complete each sentence. Circle the correct answer.
This is a multiple choice activity that helps you make more sense of your ability to express yourself with language.
Fill in the blank with the words that best fit the meaning of the sentence. Use the Word Bank. Not all words will be used.
Give some life to these words by adding a complete series of terms and phrases that allows it to transfer a complete thought.
Choose the correct word to complete each sentence. You may need to think deeply about all that is available to you.
Choose the best word to complete each sentence. I would take my time and sound it out.
Choose the best term or phrase to fill in the blanks. It should produce a strong statement.
See if this helps you get your thoughts out. You will need to look deep into yourself.
How To Determine What A Sentence Is Missing?
Sentences are a series of words that complete a thought and they all contain a subject and a predicate. The subject is who or what of the sentence. You can locate subjects by looking for the action word (verb), the who or the what that is performing that action is the subject. The section of the statement that modifies the subject is called the predicate. The predicate always includes the verb. They can present as basic statements, commands, exclamations, or questions. Complete written thoughts have several characteristics. They begin with a capital letter and end with a mark of punctuation. The punctuation mark indicates the nature of the statement that is being made. A question mark tells it is a question. A period indicates a statement or command. An exclamation point tells us it can either be a cry out or command.
Fragments in sentences like missing verbs, incorrect tenses, or missing commas can make our writing appear unprofessional and lower our grades in English class even if we proofread our writing, such as emails or English tests, before submitting it. We occasionally end up forgetting a few little details that lower the quality of our writing.
So, keep on reading if you want to master your English writing skills and understand how to determine what a sentence is missing. The correction techniques and exercises mentioned below can also help parents or teachers help their kids or students catch common sentence mistakes.
To understand the basics of determining what a sentence is missing, we need to understand what a fargment is. Below are the three variables that play a significant part in fragments.
Verb: Every English phrase must have a verb to be deemed complete. A verb is the sentence's action.
For example, 'The kids in the park' is incorrect as it is missing a verb. The correct sentence would be 'The kids were playing in the park.’
Subject: Almost all sentences have a subject, and the only sentences that don't have a subject are commands, such as "Stand up!" In such written thoughts, it is evident that the subject is the person we are addressing.
For example, a lot of students at the elementary level may write, 'Was going to play football.’ This sentence seems incorrect because it is missing a subject. The right phrase for this thought would be 'I was going to play football.’
Idea: The idea that underlies a sentence is another crucial component; every thought must have a clear purpose.
For example, 'because it was snowing' is an incomplete sentence or thought. The correct sentence would be 'we canceled our plans because it was snowing.’
We have a fragment if we fail to achieve any one of the three variables listed above in our sentence.
By teaching students these common fragment mistakes, you will be able to help them produce clear and correct sentences. Now that we know the different types of fragments let’s go through a few exercises that may help English learners improve their English writing skills and avoid any errors.
Exercises to Determine What a Sentence Is Missing
Here are a few exercises that can be conducted in classes to help students build skills in determining what a sentence is missing:
Give students examples of a few basic incorrect sentences and ask them to read them out loud and write down the correct answers.
Ask students to complete fill-in-the-blank tasks and write down what word is missing from the statement.
Ask students to identify the commas or full stops missing from a correct sentence.
Ask students to choose one sentence out of three or four sentences that aren't fragments.
Give students a list of several fragment types, and have them identify those that lack a verb.
By assigning students such tasks, you may help them grasp the logic behind various fragments so they won't use them in their writing.
Our Final Thoughts
So now that you know how to determine what a sentence is missing, go ahead and start mastering your English writing skills. The exercises mentioned above can also help non-native English learners enhance their English speaking and writing abilities.
Pro tip: Always proofread your assignments, emails, letters, exams, and even daily texts to ensure no errors or missing words. Sentences that are incorrect or incomplete leave a bad impression.