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Types of Fragments » Dependent Clauses (punctuated as sentences)

The neighborhood would not be the same without them. Because we see them every day. We are used to them.

In the example above, the fragment is "Because we see them every day." It is actually a dependent clause.

"Because" is a subordinating conjunction, and any clause that begins with a subordinating conjunction is a dependent clause, meaning it should not be punctuated as a sentence. To clarify, a comma could be placed after "them,":
The neighborhood would not be the same without them, because we see them every day. We are used to them.

Another possibility is to put a comma after "day":
The neighborhood would not be the same without them. Because we see them every day, we are used to them.



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