“Sentence fragment” IS also a sentence fragment!!!

Ran into an interesting snag of late within a internet forum (yes I know, it’s the internet). Thus I turn to fellow writers, each more qualified than the last, to give me a helping hand. Let’s begin with the basic concept of a sentence fragment. 

1. Looked around. 

2. He looked around. 

The above two are clear as day. The first one lacked a subject, thus, considered a fragment. Let’s try the…following:

1. Now that was attention grabbing. 

2. Reminds me of a certain movie series. 

Fragments?! I think not. But then again, English isn’t even my first language. I’d be most grateful if anyone could solve this conundrum for me. 

 

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2 comments
  1. In the second group, the first one should probably be punctuated “Now, that was attention grabbing.”

    “That was attention grabbing” is a complete sentence, “That” (subject) “was” (verb of identity) “attention grabbing” (object).

    The initial “Now” would be considered an interjection, which should be set off by commas.

    The second one is a complete sentence with an implied subject. What is it that reminds the speaker of a certain movie series? The situation, which should be obvious by the context.

    [This situation] (subject, omitted) “Reminds” (transitive verb) “me” (direct object of Reminds) “of” (preposition, linking the direct and indirect object) “a certain movie series” (indirect object of Reminds).

    Omitted subjects are commonly found in commands such as “Run!” Who should run? Anyone who hears the command.

    Hope this helps.

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