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Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.

 

Puzzle ID:#3023
Fun:*** (2.25)
Difficulty:** (1.11)
Category:Language
Submitted By:rohddawg****

 

 

 



What is the shortest sentence in the English language?




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Comments

mad-adeAhu*
Apr 02, 2002

Is "I am" actually a sentence, gramatically speaking that is??
rayneeday
Apr 03, 2002

Yes, it is a sentence. I represents the subject/noun and am is a verb. An English sentence requires only these two things to be complete. Just because it doesn't have a lot of articles doesn't mean it is not a sentence.
Miguel_is_Feo
Apr 03, 2002

The smallest verse in the Bible is "Jesus wept." That only has a verb and subject.
OJee
Apr 09, 2002

Well, in norwegian, we could be saying "I e." meaning I am. that's even shorter... although not english =/
fruitloop986
Apr 11, 2002

What about the sentence/answer "i do" its also 3 letters so "i am is not the shortEST its only one of them.
rayneeday
May 06, 2002

hehehe good point fruitloop, let's comprimise and say that it is one of the TWO shortest sentences in the english language. But technically speaking "I am" should go first because it does come first alphabetically speaking. And for the simple fact that
"I do." does infer so much more in the grand scheme of things. It really is a much larger sentence than most people ever realize, until it's too late. LOL
librashorty
Jun 20, 2002

A sentence's definition is a group of words working together to make sense. It has the subject and the predicate. But in this case it doesn't make sense. I am... Yeah so? What about it? That's not a sentence.
i_am_hatedAus*
Jun 17, 2005

Actually, there may be one shorter. If someone asks you a "Who Dunnit"(example) question, you can answer "Me.". That would be considered a sentence.
Pop_Qla*
Sep 08, 2005

Why? Isn't that shorter? Why I Am? What about Am I? Why?!?
SPUTNIK2Aus*
Mar 05, 2006

"I do". Is also another.
thompson1Aus*
May 31, 2006

"Go." Is technically a sentence. It is a command, which gives an implied 'You' at the beginning.
npf2005*
Jul 12, 2006

What about "Do I?"?
calmsaviorAus*
Jan 11, 2007

Well actually "I do" is a response, while "I am" is a claim to your state of being.
Hrsemn4Aus*
Jun 15, 2007

"I do." can also seem like the longest sentence. That's one for all the married folks out there...
oddrey*us*
Jun 30, 2007

i said I do.
stephiesd**
May 18, 2008

Hm. Thompson has a good point. "Go" is, in fact, a command...

Interesting...
selpy123my*
Jul 29, 2012

A sentence has at least 3 words..

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