Is “I am” the shortest English sentence?

Dear Cecil:

A page of fun facts making the rounds says "I am" is the shortest complete sentence in English. Can this be true?

Cecil replies:


You object: “No” isn’t a sentence! A sentence needs a predicate!

Oh, OK. Ready?


You object again: That’s cheating! The subject is only implied! Who could possibly call that a sentence?


Yeah, right, you say. And we’re supposed to just take your word for it?


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