incomplete sentence



  • Joe took the... (Indicates that the subject took something, but lacks an object)
  • The shiniest of the red balls. (Identifies an object but lacks a verb which assigns any action to the object)

incomplete sentence ‎(plural incomplete sentences)

  1. (grammar) A group of words which appears to convey only part of a complete thought, lacking some component which is grammatically necessary to complete the thought.


Usage notesEdit

A sentence can be very long but still be an incomplete sentence if it lacks an element necessary to complete a thought. By contrast, a very short sentence can be a complete sentence if the missing elements are provided by context: Are you going to the beach today? I am.