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Types of Fragments » Prepositional Phrases (punctuated as sentences)

Two old men in our neighborhood share a small apartment. With their five cats and three dogs. They take a walk every day, rain or shine.
In the example above, the fragment is "With their five cats and three dogs." It is a prepositional phrase punctuated as if it were a complete sentence. This can mess up your meaning. For example, in the passage above, does "with their five cats and three dogs" describe how the old men lived or how they take a walk? Either one is possible. By removing the period after "apartment," we can make it clear that these old men do not bring all their animals out to the park every day:
Two old men in our neighborhood share a small apartment with their five cats and three dogs. They take a walk every day, rain or shine.



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