I don't know which word is right for this sentence:

Be at the airport by 4 o'clock to meet him when his flight lands.


Being at the airport by 4 o'clock to meet him when his flight lands.

Are these imperative sentences or any other kind of sentence?

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  • (You are supposed to) be at the airport..... – user240918 Jun 25 '18 at 14:51
  • We don't do homework here. – Lambie Jun 25 '18 at 16:32
  • I believe this question would be better suited for the ELL stack. No offense @Kaiii. Welcome to the site. – Lumberjack Jun 25 '18 at 17:17

The first sentence, Be at the airport... is an imperative sentence; you tell someone that they should do something. However, it can also be interpreted as a non-finite clause (see below). The correct analysis depends on the context. Here is an example as an imperative:

"Be at the airport to meet him!"
"OK, I will be there."

The second sentence is a non-finite clause (Being at the airport...) followed by an infinitive clause (to meet him...). It does not contain a finite verb, and so is not a fully grammatical sentence. It could be used in conversation as a reply to a question, as in spoken language you often infer parts of the sentence from context. But even then the second sentence still sounds a bit odd, and you would typically prefer the first sentence:

Q: "What did I ask you to do?"
A: "Be at the airport to meet him."

Q:"What was your task for today?"
A: "Being at the airport by 4 o'clock to meet him."

You would infer "You asked me to..." in the first sentence, and "My task was..." in the second one.

  • Which one is correct for general statement? It just such fill the blank question : ''... be at the airport by 4 o'clock to meet him when his flight lands'' , and the option : be/being/have been/to be/been – Kaiii Jun 25 '18 at 15:45
  • @Kaiii If by "general statement" you mean "correct stand-alone sentence", then be would be the best answer. – Oliver Mason Jun 25 '18 at 16:04

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