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In the sentence: Don't be crazy.

Am I right to say in the above sentence, the noun is the word 'you', which is not expressed and so is silent.

So am I right to say we can have a sentence without the noun being expressed and silent?

  • I generally use the term "elided", though I don't know if that's entirely correct. – Hot Licks Apr 18 '16 at 3:38
  • No: If it were silent, then it would be written but not spoken. It is not written and so is not silent. It is not even there. – tchrist Apr 18 '16 at 4:47
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This would be a "imperative sentence"(An imperative sentence gives a direct command). And yes, imperative sentences can have implied subjects, you do not need to say "You" as the recipient of the command theoretically knows to whom the command is being directed.

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