What is an empty sentence? What makes the sentence empty? What are 2 examples of an empty sentence?

1 Answer
Sep 30, 2016

The most common meaning (there are several) for "empty sentence" is a sentence that contributes nothing to that which has already been stated.



Everyone acknowledges that one plus one equals two. On this there is no disagreement.

God made everything. Without him, nothing was made.
(please ignore any implied theology of this statement).

In most cases "empty sentences" are considered "padding" (I need to get this essay up to 5000 words) and should be deleted. In rare cases they may be used to reinforce a prior statement.