Learn English – Is a question an independent clause



Anyone going to the store?

Often times in writing words get omitted in questions, such as the one above. Does that still make them "independent clauses" or must the sentence be able to stand as if it were written like a statement?

Best Answer

Yes, this stands alone as a clause. The meaning is clear, with the implied subject being the audience, and the implied verb being is, making the complete sentence equivalent to:

[Gang], [is] anyone going to the store?

This particular example is somewhat colloquial, so would probably only be used in oral communication, or perhaps as dialog in a play, script or novel.