RE: Copyright puntuation

Subject: RE: Copyright puntuation
From: "Keith Hansen" <KRH -at- weiland-wfg -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2006 09:24:51 -0500

Beverley wrote:

<<A related question: Are the words "all rights reserved" a sentence? It
seems to have no subject and no verb, yet it "looks" incorrect without a
capital A and a period. Is it imperative mood? or what?>>

Here's my analysis:

The sentence is basically saying "All rights [are] reserved." Thus, we
seem to have the following:
* A subject ("rights)
* A predicate adjective ("reserved") modifying the subject (i.e., what
kind of rights?)
* A linking verb ("are"--a form of the verb "to be").
However, the verb is not actually stated, only implied.

It is not imperative mood. An example of imperative mood would be:
* "Close the window!"
The subject ("you") is implied but not stated. The imperative mood
expresses a command.

At least, that's my take on it. Any other theories?


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