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Sentence Fragments: Skill in Context

There are two parts to this assignment:  identifying and correcting sentence fragments in some pretty messy drafts, and translating iChat and AIM (instant message) texts (which are typically full of fragments) into grammatically correct texts.

Part 1:

As preparation for the task of recognizing and repairing fragment problems in your essay drafts, we turn now to passages of student writing that are in need of repair work.  Revise each sentence in the text boxes below.  Note that some sentences will need substantial revising to make sense, then, see if your corrections are similar to ours.

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Part 2:

More and more students are "texting" and "i-m'ing" (instant messaging) their friends to communicate quickly and efficiently.  However, the rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation go out the window in these messages.  A whole new language has risen up for texting; one can even find online instant message dictionaries, and translator applications like transl8it.com. See if you can translate the text message below into grammatical English:

My smmr hols wr CWOT. B4, we used 2go2 NY 2C my bro, his GF & thr 3 :- kids FTF. ILNY, it's a gr8 plc."

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