I am using Oxford's Dictonary Advanced learner + Oxford's Collocations dictionary - 10th edition - mobile application (licensed). I seen

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In my thought, it is covered wagons are rolling access the prairies .

Is covered wagons rolling access the prairies wrong?

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    None of those are intended to be complete sentences. The other example, a long train of supply wagons isn't a sentence either. Complete sentences start with a capital letter and end with a punctuation mark - that's just a sentence fragment, and cannot stand on its own grammatically. Commented Sep 12, 2023 at 15:52
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    There's an error in your question. While it's not a full sentence, "covered wagons rolling across the prairies" is correct. The example shown is not meant to be a complete sentence though.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Sep 12, 2023 at 15:59
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    It's absolutely fine as a sentence fragment. You could expand it to "The covered wagons rolling across the prairies could be seen from miles away." Commented Sep 12, 2023 at 16:14

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This example is a sentence fragment, not a complete sentence. In particular it is a noun phrase, headed by the noun "wagons" modified by the adjective "covered" and the participle "rolling across the prairies".

Note that the word is "across" not "access".

This is a sentence fragment, and not a complete sentence. You could use this sentence fragment in a full sentence, for example:

I saw many covered wagons rolling across the prairies.

A dictionary might give an example of the use of a word that is not a complete sentence:


a cute cat with a loud purr

The example of use isn't a complete sentence.

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