Please take notes on what in the following is important to you.
HERE’S WHY NOT TO WRITE FRAGMENTS:
A sentence fragment written without awareness is hard or impossible for a reader to understand.
It makes you look IGNORANT and CARELESS.Here’s a fragment: “Where I might go.” This clause deprives the reader of understanding what you’re trying to say about going somewhere.“Where I might go remained to be seen” gives the reader all she or he needs to know about your thought. It is a COMPLETE THOUGHT with a subject (“Where I might go”) and a verb (“remained”). Leaving the reader with a fragmentary thought like “Where I might go” causes you to appear IGNORANT and CARELESS.
Maybe you’re not ignorant – you know exactly what you mean – but as far as the reader is concerned, you don’t. Be kind to your reader; make sure she understands what you’re saying. Be kind to yourself; don’t make yourself look bad.FRAGMENTS WRITTEN CONSCIOUSLY:
If you write a fragment consciously for special emphasis, it can communicate well and you won’t seem ignorant.
“Traffic was worse today. So much worse.”
But still, use them sparingly, and almost never use them in academic writing.
Use the Friendly Semicolon
The semicolon is friendly to your reader because when they see it, it shows her/him that they can expect to read a sentence closely related to the one they just read.
This recognition is usually subconscious, yet very meaningful.
Make sure that you have a complete thought before each semicolon and a complete thought after it. The semicolon is used to link complete sentences, not to join introductory thoughts to sentences. You can also use semicolons in lists.