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Is there any rule in the english language that says the verb "to be" cannot be the last word in a sentence?

I was told this by my english teacher, but I was not convinced. I understand how, when used as a helping verb, would not be able to end; however, when it is used otherwise, it seems it is just another intransitive verb and can be at the end.

8 Answers

  • Iris
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    I was an English teacher, and I've never heard of that.

    However, he may have been talking about the specific way in which you were using it.

  • ?
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    iwas teaching for a long time, of course not.

    you can use to be in all kindsat the end of sentences

    but just note that those sentences which ends with are, is ,was were ,am are usually short ansewrs,it means that they are complete and tangilble because the other words are repetitive ,

    eg. are you a student? yes i am(a student) .

    were you at home yesterday,?yes i was(at home yesterday) .

  • Sciman
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    There are plenty of rules out there that make no sense and which have been debunked for a long time. They keep turning up, agian, and again, however.


    It depends what you mean by a sentence. If I was writing a novel I would be happy to use dialogue like this:

    Are you married?

    Yes, I am.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is either a linking verb or intransitive.

    "Are you?"

    I am.

  • 1 decade ago

    You write that sentence the way you want it to be.

    That's perfectly good English.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Never heard of that one. A PREPOSITION cannot be the last word in a sentence.

  • 1 decade ago

    Didn't a famous English literary figure once say, " To be or not to be? ....That is the question.

    Shakespeare's ..Hamlet.

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