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Is "to be" in "to be or not to be" used as a linking verb with no nominal nor adjectival predicate?

Is it grammatically correct, and if so what rules govern that omission?

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No, it's not used as a linking verb. It's used as a synonym for "exist" or "live". "To live, or not to live, that is the question." Hamlet is contemplating suicide.

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  • that makes sense, sorry i wasn't aware that would exclude it from being a linking verb! – anon Dec 20 '20 at 7:09

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