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In English we tend to have some hang-ups about how to start and end a sentence. These rules were probably developed as suggestions to make your writing a little easier, but when you get stuck on them, they can actually make your writing less clear — or worse, incorrect.

在英语中,我们往往会对如何开始和结束句子感到困惑。这些规则可能是为了使您的写作更容易一些,但是当您陷于这些规则时,它们实际上会使您的写作不太清晰-或更糟的是,不正确。

So can you end a sentence with a verb? YES

那你可以用动词结尾一个句子吗?可以!

Subjects and Predicates 主语和谓语

At its most basic, a sentence needs just two parts: a subject and a predicate. The subject is the thing that acts or exists in the sentence, and it’s usually a noun or a pronoun. The predicate is the action and any other explanatory detail that comes after the subject. It must consist of a verb — or action — at minimum, but can go on for quite a while with additional phrases and clauses to make the sentence more informative. For example:

从最基本的角度看,句子仅需两个部分:主语和谓语。主语是在句子存在的事物,通常是名词或代词。谓词是该主题之后的动作和任何其它详细信息。它必须至少由一个动词(或动作)组成,但可以与其他短语和从句一起使用,以使句子内容更丰富。例如:

The man walked to the store.
In this sentence, “The man” is the subject and “walked to the store” is the predicate. This is a complete, correct sentence.
在这句话中,“男人”是主语,“走到商店”是谓语。这是一个完整,正确的句子。
However, sentences can be even shorter than that. What if we don’t care where the man went? Let’s get rid of the prepositional phrase “to the store”:

但是,句子可以比这短。如果我们不在乎那个男人去哪里了怎么办?让我们摆脱介词短语“到商店”:

The man walked.
The subject is the same, but the predicate is much shorter: “walked.” Still, the only rule for a predicate is that it must have a verb, and this one fulfills that requirement. This is just one example that shows how a perfectly grammatical sentence can end in a verb. It happens all the time!

主语是相同的,但谓词要短得多:“走”。谓词的唯一规则是必须有动词,并且该动词才能满足这一要求。这只是一个例子,显示了一个完美的语法句子如何以动词结尾。它到处可以用到!
Here are some additional examples of sentences that — correctly — end in verbs:
以下是一些正确地以动词结尾的句子的示例:

I think, therefore I am. 
我思故我在
The dog barked. 
狗吠了
I said it’s time to go. 
我该走了
The girls walked and talked but did not sleep. 
女孩们散步聊天没睡
My mother likes to drink before she eats. 
我妈妈喜欢餐前茗酒
Sometimes ending your sentence with a verb may feel like you’re cutting it short and not giving enough information. After all, a short sentence like “The boy swims” doesn’t tell us very much. Still, it isn’t wrong. There are plenty of good reasons to continue that sentence past the verb, but it’s strictly optional.

有时,以动词结尾的句子可能会让您觉得简而言之,并且不需提供足够的信息。毕竟,“男孩游泳” 这样的简短句子并不能告诉我们很多。不过,这没错。有很多充分的理由使该句子结尾用动词代替,但绝对是可选的。


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