Why has Grammarly tagged a sentence?


I wrote:

 When you have completed the material to your satisfaction, and are totally happy with it, send it to me.


Grammarly checked it and responded with:

 Review this sentence for sentence fragments.

 Explanation and Examples

 Ensure you do not have any sentence fragments (i.e. incomplete sentences).

 Consider re-wording your sentence or connecting the fragment to a main clause. Possibly, a comma is missing, perhaps after an introductory word or phrase.

 A fragment is created when the subject and predicate are not in the same clause. Sometimes this happens if part of the main clause has become separated from the rest. A period may be replaced with another form of punctuation.


Why is the sentence wrong as it is written?

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I don’t work for Grammarly (no one here does) but I can see why you are questioning it’s response.  The sentence isn’t a fragment, but it is a bit awkward.  I am guessing that it has something to do with the phrase “and are totally happy with it.” 


At first glance, we can say the phrase is redundant.  You have already instructed the person to do the work to their satisfaction.  Do you really need to insist that they are happy as well?  Some people may be satisfied with their work, but would not describe their mood as happy.  In addition to the redundancy, “totally happy” sounds rather juvenile and much too informal for the request you are making.  If this is for business or school, I would allow the person to define their own sense of satisfaction.  If you are trying to be less formal and want to emphasize that you have hopes they will be quite happy with their efforts, then say that instead of to your satisfaction.


When you have completed the material to your satisfaction, send it to me.

Work on the material until you are very happy with the results, and then send the completed project to me.  

link comment answered Feb 05 '13 at 23:10 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Thank you. I'll redo it.

link comment answered Feb 05 '13 at 23:44 Diana Hirsch New member

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