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The task is to find the longest intelligible and grammatical English sentence containing only words of two or fewer letters.

To limit the possibilities, you may use only the following words:

  1. Single letter words, "I" (pronoun), "A" or "a" (indefinite article)

  2. Two letter words listed here https://www.lexico.com/explore/two-letter-words

Punctuation is allowed as long as it doesn't end the sentence prematurely.


This is a competition. I hope that's allowed. I'll start by introducing myself (or at least my gender).

I am a he, Hi!


Note: Hints about which tags to use, gratefully accepted.

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    $\begingroup$ Can I use the same word twice in a sentence? $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Jul 2 at 0:23
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    $\begingroup$ What counts as an "intelligible and grammatical English sentence" must be precisely specified -- as-is, the question is subjective. (In addition, it is 'open-ended' in a way that's very similar to the type discussed in this meta post, making it off-topic for this site.) $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Jul 2 at 0:36
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    $\begingroup$ Put a time limit like a week or so, and then accept an answer. Really interesting question by the way. $\endgroup$ – Ankit Jul 2 at 0:38
  • $\begingroup$ Try putting this question in english language use SE. Its a shame that it' s not allowed on puzzling. $\endgroup$ – Ankit Jul 2 at 1:22
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    $\begingroup$ Famous motivational quote consisting of only two-letter words: "If it is to be, it is up to me." $\endgroup$ – RobPratt Jul 2 at 2:31
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Here's an interesting observation: conjunctions like or or so are very powerful, they allow you to link multiple short sentences together

I am a he or he is a he, so I am an ox or he is an ox.

You could theoretically make a sentence infinitely long that's technically grammatically correct (even though it makes no sense)

I am an ox, so I am an ox, so I am an ox, so I am an ox, so I am an ox, so I am an ox, so...

Guess it really depends on the definition of intelligible and grammatical English sentence

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  • $\begingroup$ The first sentence has "and" and the second is unintelligible. $\endgroup$ – Ankit Jul 2 at 0:37
  • $\begingroup$ @Ankit Yea it was supposed to be "or" - my bad. That has been corrected $\endgroup$ – thesilican Jul 2 at 0:45
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for the observation. I can now see why the question was closed. I'll try to make a better, less open-ended one. $\endgroup$ – chasly - reinstate Monica Jul 2 at 9:52

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