According to this, a minor sentence is defined as a fragmented, elliptical, or incomplete sentence or clause that still conveys meaning.

But I've always thought that minor sentences were incomplete sentences which could not be clauses as they lack a subject and a verb? (sometimes they have one but not the other);

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I think, that the website you're citing is talking about informal speech, where the rest of the sentence can be derived from the fragment. It says an incomplete/fragmented sentence/clause, which might not have all the elements of a clause/sentence, but still conveys a complete thought. Also, you can have a clause that isn't a sentence, such as "because I'm annoyed", which has a subject(I), and a verb('m), but still isn't a sentence because it's a dependent clause: again, in informal language, you can infer the rest of the sentence from what came before.

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