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Reply to "A complete thought"

Hi, Gilbert—In the context of its being a reply to the question "Where's the car key?," "On the table" is a truncated sentence, meaning "It's on the table." Thus, "On the table" expresses a complete thought and would naturally be followed by a period in written dialogue, just as the short answer "Gilbert" would be if you gave it in reply (in written dialogue) to the question "What's your name?"

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