I know, picky picky, but I like to be precise. Especially when emailing Theresa, who will notice if I'm not!
But then, remembering that I should model good behavior (yes, yes, that's what I try to do, and stop laughing), I changed it to:
I know, picky picky, but I like to be precise, especially when emailing Theresa, who will notice if I'm not!
This inner debate (which went on for a while: "But I like the emphasis!" "But what if they think I approve of sentence fragments in general?") made me consider why we go with fragments, and whether we need to have some self-guidelines (NOT rules) or consider each on a case-by-case basis, or just go with what feels right, or....
It's been a really trying morning, debating all this. It's like seeing a teenaged girl in a revealing outfit. "That makes her look like she's just a sexual object!" "Well, you know, she should flaunt it while she has it. Another decade, no one is going to want her belly button showing." Expression or accuracy????
And how much does accuracy matter in an informal setting?
But I was considering what would be a "right" sentence fragment. Are there circumstances and considerations that -- should the sentence come out fragmented, you'd hesitate and then decide to keep it?
Help here-- How about looking at your recent writing and come up with examples of where you went with a fragment, and maybe some where you decided to incorporate the fragment into a sentence or add the words needed to make it a sentence?
trying to come up with Grand Unified Theory of Sentence Fragments