“Go.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

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  1. Sorry, tartan – “Me?” does not include a verb. When commonly used, it is interpreted as, “Are you referring to me?” which is significantly longer than “Go.”

  2. Sorry meathead – Actually it should have read, “I?” The verb go is implied, as in “Go, I?” or “I go?” “Go” as a sentence is incomplete in that it leaves out the subject. A full utterance might be “Tom, you go. Pat, you stay.” Of course we all know that commands need no explicit subject, just as we all know that sometimes questions need no explicit verb: “Why?” “Four dollars?” “Pregnant, how?”

  3. According to two years of L.A. teachers, – “Go.” is a sentence. It implies “You, go.” However, if you overlook this, the shortest sentence is “I am.”

  4. proper english – The idiotic individuals who have written these comments have no appreciation for grammar!

  5. Ha! – proper english
    by janedoe22 on Monday, January 12, 2004 @ 01:04 PM
    – The idiotic individuals who have written these comments have no appreciation for grammar! —— Your subject “proper english” should have been in capitals as it is, technically, a title. Even when overlooking this, English is a proper noun and therefore should begin with a capital letter anyway. Practise what you preach.

  6. What’s A Complete Sentence? [for mizzaberry.. hehe peace dude!] – when you say complete sentence, it does not necessarily require to possess a simple subject and a simple predicate. as long as it has a COMPLETE THOUGHT of its message, it is considered a complete sentence. ex: “Go!”

  7. Mizzaberry get a FRAGileING life, seriously – Who gives a frag about grammer, komplete sentences, and spellings? The only person who gives a frag is Mizzaberry. I have one thing to say, LAY OFF THE GRAMMER SHOOT, THIS AIN’T A GOD-DAMN ENGLISH KLASS. Stay off the god-damn site mizzaberry, and get A FRAGileING LIFE!!!!

  8. Excuse me? – Hello. I would just like to take the time to say this. SANTANA, YOU ARE A FRAGileING JACKASS AND YOU SHOULD MIND YOUR OWN FRAGileING BUSINESS!!! thats all.

  9. learn to spell Mizzaberry – It is time you Americans learnt to spell. It is `learnt’ not `learned’! Anyway it is sad to see valiant crusaders like Mizzaberry, struggling in vain against the ignorant American masses.

  10. Cheers! – I may not be the most grammatical person nor the best lexiconist here, but I do find it irksome at times when I can’t understand what is being said due to ramblings made by (what appears to be) monkeys playing on keyboards. I believe that most of these hotheaded comments could have been avoided if people simply ‘chill-out’ and think before they started typing their comments.

  11. Arrogant – Wow Pernoctalian_Prince, you’re an arrogant asshole! Congratulations. Woe are the Americans for we are ignorant. It’s amazing how you can take a general stereotype of an entire country of people and hold everyone to that belief. Thank you for pointing out that we are the ones who are ignorant. If you have to spend five minutes looking through a Dictionary to make prove your point you’re only proving everyone elses.

  12. Way to go – Thank you Pypr. I don’t think it’s that hard to spend five extra seconds and make you comment READABLE. If you can’t spell or use proper grammar, it just makes your comment that much more worthless–to the point where it can’t be understood. So you simply waste your time in posting an illegible comment.

  13. On verb moods – —Gamingguy’s bor (aka Eebster the Great; I forgot my password):
    English Verbs have three moods: Indicative, Imperative, and Subjunctive. Indicative verbs are the usual ones used, which require a subject in one of three persons (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) and one of two numbers (singular or plural). They also have six tenses (Present, Perfect, Imperfect, Pluperfect, Future, and Future Perfect), and two voices (Active and Passive). Imperative verbs have an implied subject “you” and therefore are always in second person. Imperatives are also always in present tense, but they can be active or passive, and singular or plural. Subjunctives are complicated involving conditionals such as “If”, “Should”, “Would”, “Could”, etc.
    Go in this case is clearly an imperative verb in the active voice. It can be either singular or plural. “Go!”, or “Go.” IS A COMPLETE SENTENCE because the subject is implied and the predicate (Go) is present. Also “Be!” is equally short and complete. “I am,” is the shortest sentence with an indicative verb, and “If I were.” is the shortest sentence with a subjunctive verb.

    NOTE: No is technically not a sentence, but an interjection like “Holy Cow!”. It can also be a shortened form of “No, I won’t”, in which case go is part of the adverb “No…not”.

  14. Simplified – If you got too confused by that last post, Go! is a complete sentence, so is Be!, and both are tied for the shortest coomplete sentence

  15. ~note – Sorry, I forgot that “I go.” is equally as short as “I am.” and therefore is tied.

  16. Last Comment – Sorry for so many comments, but some things I noticed are:
    “learned” is the correct simple past of “learn”; “learnt” is part of the true perfect “have/has learnt” or pluperfect “had learnt” or future perfect “will have learnt”
    Also, by definition sentences are complete thoughts expressed with a subject and a predicate. The subject DOES need to exist, but it is implied in imperative verbs rather than actually written. The predicate is the verb.
    Finally, thank you PyPr. Why bother posting on a subject involving grammer when you can’t use it yourself? And definitely don’t act like an asshole; even if you are one, who will listen to your comments if you seem like an idiot?

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