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My English teacher phased our class with a question yesterday, and that was to answer this question: What is the most important part of this sentence? So far no one in my class has gotten it right. So pit, what is the most important part of the sentence?
#4
the question mark since that makes it a question
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I'd guess the question mark.

It's what makes it a question, really.
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#14
Is there three people in your class and do you only get one guess each? If not then just take it in turn to say word and you'll get it right eventually.
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#15
what about the words, without the words you wouldn't have the sentence or the question mark
#17
I would guess that "you" would technically be the most important. Even though the "you" of the sentence is not stated explicitly it is understood to be subject of the command in the sentence.
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the question mark since that makes it a question

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the answer
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#20
There is no single most important part of a sentence; you need a subject and a verb. A sentence is not complete without both of those. So in that case, "part" and "is" are the most important parts.
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#21
I think the answer is the superlative 'most'

The fact that it's a superlative proves its own point.

That's my best guess
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I think the clue is the superlative 'most'

Most important word is most', the fact that it's a superlative proves its own point.

That's my best guess


But what would the sentence be asking of?
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#23
The most important part of the sentence is the punctuation, because without it, it isn't a sentence.
#24
It's a trap!

Basically, unless the sentence gives information or a description, there is no importance of it. You have to make sure everyone knows this as quick as possible. Please. If you don't, the question will slowly make it's way around everyone, slowly consuming our ability to think about anything else, effectively stealing our thoughts and memories until we become a simple question mark, wondering the world forever lonely as the ability to speak is gone.

Or it could be the word what as it states the property of a question and wouldn't make much sense with out it.
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#26
I don't know, it's worded weirdly but I still think I have the right answer...I'm desperate to know now

The superlative is self serving is the only way I can describe it, but that doesn't make sense on it's own...hmmm
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The most important part of the sentence is the punctuation, because without it, it isn't a sentence.


without the words it isn't a sentence either
#30
Looking again I'd actually agree with the question mark, the answer being 'the punctutation'

The punctuation allows the sentence to function as an interrogative, over the three other functions. That makes more sense in the sentences lack of context.

I'd make this my main bet, even without punctuation it's still a sentence, it just appears to have a different function as a sentence - whereby it's a declaritive instead of an interrogative.

Also considering the sentence isn't a transcript, there's no marker of inflection that would show that it was an interrogative. It's got to be punctuation.
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Quote by Liam.
Looking again I'd actually agree with the question mark, the answer being 'the punctutation'

The punctuation allows the sentence to function as an interrogative, over the three other functions. That makes more sense in the sentences lack of context.

I'd make this my main bet, even without punctuation it's still a sentence, it just appears to have a different function as a sentence - whereby it's a declaritive instead of an interrogative.


again, what about the words of the sentence, without them it wouldn't be a sentence either.
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I'd say the words.
Without words, you would have no sentence.

without any punctuation you wouldn't have one either
#35
It's not a question it's a statement: "What" is the most important part of this sentence. Therefore, the most important part of this sentence is "What".
#36
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again, what about the words of the sentence, without them it wouldn't be a sentence either.

It's asking wha'ts the most important part "of this sentence". We are assuming that the grammatical 'law' of needing words has already been observed.

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without any punctuation you wouldn't have one either

And I already said you don't need punctuation to HAVE a sentence - right answer - wrong reason.

The punctuation is a marker of function, not of a sentence existing.

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It's not a question it's a statement: "What" is the most important part of this sentence. Therefore, the most important part of this sentence is "What".

Assuming the question mark is supposed to be there, the sentence is an interrogative, not a declarative...
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These are the kind of questions that makes your head hurt.
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#39
About half the class answered punctuation, and the other half the words. Both sides were proven wrong.
#40
what is the most important part of this sentence.
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