I found some warning message when I write some text in the MS-WORD.

the warning message is that "My wife appointment government official." is fragment.

What does fragment mean? what am I supposed to do to revise this sentence?

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    Is the wife scheduled to meet with a government official? If so, she has an appointment with a government official. If she has been given a job as a government official, she has an appointment as a government official. As the answers say, you need a verb, but you also need a preposition. Jul 19 '18 at 12:28

You likely intended:

[My wife](subject) --- [appointment](verb) --- [government official](object).

But "appointment" is a noun in standard English. So this parsing isn't possible. There is no verb in this expression, so Word calls it a "Fragment". Strictly this isn't correct. This isn't a fragment of a grammatical sentence. It is just not correct English.

As this isn't a grammatical form of English it is hard to know exactly what you mean. But possibly:

My wife was appointed a government official
My wife appointed a government official
My wife's appointment as a government official was on Monday.


MS Word throws an error if the sentence it feels is not complete. You should have at least a verb in the sentence to complete it. If the sentences are short or do not have any verb or the words are not in a proper order, MS Word will mark that as an error.

My wife appointment government official

Frankly, I did not understand what you said there! Of course, a fragment issue. Where's a verb? Is there any possession? I'm not sure from the given context.

Anyway, if you want to get rid of 'fragment' problem from MS word, here is the setting.

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