"Pound on that door to open it." Can you explain why this is a complete sentence?

  • The "You" is implied. Perfectly valid English. As to "complete", I suppose one could claim that even though it's valid it's not "complete" since it doesn't have an explicit subject, but that's a pretty weak argument. – Hot Licks Apr 21 '15 at 3:06
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    See, this right here is why educators should be paid more. So that people with an IQ above room temperature consider applying to these jobs, and questions like this never need to be asked... – Parthian Shot Apr 21 '15 at 5:56
  • Or would we just be paying people with an IQ *lower than room temperature that much more than they are worth? – ScotM Apr 21 '15 at 6:06

"Pound on" is used in the imperative, with an implied subject (you), and an object (door), with "that" being a demonstrative adjective or determiner. So "(You) pound on that door" has a subject, a verb and an object, and is a complete sentence.

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