It’s exactly what it sounds like—be as useless and boring as a gray rock.


I was confused when I read this sentence. In my opinion, there should be a subject before the word 'be'. But there is nothing in here. So I guess it is an imperative sentence. If my idea is incorrect, please correct me.

  • Obviously an imperative.
    – BillJ
    Commented Jul 28, 2022 at 8:48

1 Answer 1


Certainly it looks like an imperative. The proof comes from glancing at the original page, 11 Ways to Confuse and Disarm a Narcissist. Each of the 11 items is phrased as an imperative. Item 4 is Bore them with the “gray rock” treatment—an imperative. The first sentence of the item is the one you have quoted. It is simply a restatement of the item itself. We should not be surprised that it is also an imperative.

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