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Where is the verb in this sentence below?

No Small Business Brands On YouTube

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Does this sentence mean "There are no small business brands on YouTube"? If so, then why does the sentence "No smoking" mean "Don't smoke"?

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    It's not a sentence, it's a headline. – Hot Licks Nov 19 '17 at 13:20
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    As it stands, it's ambiguous, as deleted forms often are. It might mean 'There are no small business brands on YouTube' or 'Keep small business brands off YouTube'. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 19 '17 at 14:16
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    Brands could be the verb, but it would make the sentence quite difficult to understand. – oerkelens Nov 19 '17 at 14:55
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    “No smoking” is not a sentence. – tchrist Nov 19 '17 at 16:52

This is an interesting question. The first one appear to be more a headline, as in "No Clouds in the Sky". It appears the first phrase is pointing out something rather instantaneously, omitting the words "there are". Another example would be someone on a bicycle saying "Look, no hands!". The imperative, though, is likely used in all languages, making "Go!" the shortest sentence.

  • An imperative is a verbal form. There is no explicit imperative in the OP's sentence, but looking at the "NO" symbol at the left of the image, I think that the sentence has an imperative meaning, like "Small business brands are not allowed on YouTube". – JavaLatte Dec 6 '17 at 2:16

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