Student Question

Can you end a sentence with the word 'are?'

The sentence is as follows; "This excerpt shows how very different Waverly and June are."

Is it 100% gramatically correct?

Expert Answers

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Yes, this sentence is 100% grammatically correct. You can end sentences with a main verb or an auxiliary (helping) verb. You could also write, "Waverly is not as smart as June is," or "They are not as smart as we are." You can also end sentences with other verbs, using what are called intransitive verbs. These are verbs with no direct or indirect object. Some examples: I write. You run. I think.

You tend to find these kinds of examples in philosophical texts (I think, therefore I am) but also in everyday speech and written dialogue. A response to the question, "Are you going to the bank?" could be "We are."

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