I'm aware No is what is called a "sentence word". Does that mean that on its own, it is a "complete sentence"?

Please state the reason for your answer, i.e. do not simply answer "Yes" or "No"


Yes. (See what I did there?)

The sentence forms a complete thought, therefore is a complete sentence.

Also see this: Shortest complete sentence in English

  • Hello. IncludeGrammar. (1) This question has been asked and answered here before. (2) You are choosing one definition of 'sentence' in your answer. It is not the only one. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 11 '16 at 21:41


Evidence: To be conjoined with "and", constituents must be of the same grammatical category. Then since in

No, and I'm never going to.

the second part, "I'm never going to" is a sentence, "No" must be a sentence, too.

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    I was brought up to believe that a sentence had to have a verb, in order to be a sentence. So in this case I call it a sentence, but pretend that a lot of words are elided. e.g. Are you going to the pub tonight? Answer: No (I am not going to the pub tonight). – WS2 Feb 11 '16 at 20:06
  • @WS2 We may be able to bring evidence to bear on whether there are elided words. Compare *"Did you have any beer? No, and it wasn't Bud." with "Did you have any beer? Yes, and it was Bud." In the second example, "it" refers back to "some beer" in the understood part of "Yes (I did have some beer)". See books.google.com/… – Greg Lee Feb 11 '16 at 22:00

'Yes' and 'no' are interjections. ('No' can also be a determiner, but we'll skip that.) Interjections are like emojis. 'Yes' is a shortcut for 'that is true', and 'no' for 'that is not true'. When the shortcut says everything that a clause would say, the clause can be omitted, leaving only the shortcut. This is still a sentence, because it gets processed as though the clause was there (even though 'yes' and 'no' do not actually get stored in memory - they merely adjust the trust weight of the referent clause, just as would repeating or negating the clause explicitly).

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