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Saturday, November 16, 2013

One who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone is likely to find themselves in places no one has ever been. Albert Einstein

 "No" is not ever a complete sentence, regardless of its punctuation. I really wish this would go away, but it keeps popping up in recovery circles and whatnot, so I'm going to vent. 

In order to be a complete sentence, one must have in play a subject 
and a verb. 

Sentences like 
"Go." and 
are complete, as the second person subject (you) is understood; "go" and "be" are the correct conjugations of the verbs. 
"No" is not a verb.
 "No" is not a sentence with or without the period at the end. 

"No." /is/ a complete answer. If you are asked to do something, it is not necessary for you to justify or explain why you cannot or do not want to do this thing; if that person wishes, he or she is free to ask why. 

You are also free to say "No." to their request for additional information. 

But no, "No." is not a complete sentence, and it is ignorant to say otherwise. That's 3rd grade grammar ^__^

It lacks a subject and a verb. It is not in any sense a complete sentence. 

However "I will not." Is, and serves much the same function.