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    Part of speech?

    1. Could anyone tell me what part of speech of the words which are underlined?

    2. Are sentences still correct if I drop “all” and “that”?

    All that I have is yours.
    All I want is a place to sit down.
    All I want is your happiness.
    All that you say is certainly true.
    All you need is love.

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    Re: Part of speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by dawnngcm View Post
    1. Could anyone tell me what part of speech of the words which are underlined are?

    2. Are the sentences still correct if I drop “all” and “that”? No
    What part of speech do you think they might be? Clue: each is preceded by a subject.

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    Re: Part of speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    What part of speech do you think they might be? Clue: each is preceded by a subject.

    I don’t know!? (Would it be “that”? But it seems it don’t fit your clue!)

    At first I think they are verb, but “is” is a verb too. It shouldn’t have two verbs in this sentence. And I think the main verb is “is”.

    P.S. I checked both “Swan” and dictionary, but I still can’t found out the answer.

    Teacher fivejedjon, I know what mistake I made in my 1st question. In the 2nd question, I put “the” at first, but I delete it because I think “sentences” is a plural noun. Could you please tell me what mistake I made?

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    Re: Part of speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by dawnngcm View Post
    At first I think thought they are verbs, but “is” is a verb too. It shouldn’t have two verbs in this sentence. And I think the main verb is “is”.
    It is possible, as you can see from this sentence, which contains more than one verb.

    The noise (that) you can hear is my stomach.

    '(that) you can hear' is a defining relative clause telling us which noise you can hear.

    All that I have is yours.

    '(that) I have' is a defining relative clause restricting 'all'. It's not really 'all' (or 'everything') that is yours, just all that I have.

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    Re: Part of speech?

    You seem to mix up notions of "part of speech" and "part of a sentence" which do not coinside. They are certainly verbs (as parts of speech), but in the sentences you wrote they serve as part of a subject (the whole subject being "All I want" and the like). You can drop that in every sentence, but you can't drop all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawnngcm View Post
    In the 2nd question, I put “the” at first, but I delete it because I think “sentences” is a plural noun. Could you please tell me what mistake I made?
    Are sentences still correct if I drop “all” and “that”?

    This suggests that you are asking about all sentences ever composed.

    With 'the' you make it clear that you are referring to particular sentences already mentioned.

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    Re: Part of speech?

    Quote Originally Posted by dawnngcm View Post
    1. Could anyone tell me what part of speech of the words which are underlined?

    2. Are sentences still correct if I drop “all” and “that”?

    All that I have is yours.
    All I want is a place to sit down.
    All I want is your happiness.
    All that you say is certainly true.
    All you need is love.

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Two excellent posters have answered your question.

    (2) I know what a serious student you are, so I would like to add a few

    comments.

    (a) It is really important that you review adjective (relative) clauses. They are

    something like sentences that describe someone or something. The adjective clause is in bold print:

    All that I have is yours.

    (i) If you say to a friend "All is yours," that IS good English, but your friend will be

    confused. She will ask "All what is mine?" Then you will have to answer "Oh, I'm

    sorry. All that I have is yours." Then she will understand that all that you have is

    hers, not all that Tony or Martha or Mona has is hers.

    (a) As the two other posters said, you may delete (drop) the "that." Since you

    are a learner, I most respectfully suggest that you always use "that."

    (b) I think your other sentences should read:

    All that I want is a place to sit down. (REMEMBER: You can delete an adjective clause and it is still good English: All is a place to sit down. But if you delete the adjective clause, your friend will not understand. He will ask "All what?")

    All that I want is your happiness.

    All that you say is certainly true.

    All that you need is love. (I think that those famous singers the Beatles sang a song with that sentence, although they deleted "that," as many native speakers do.)

    (c) In your five sentences, the main verb is "is." The other verb belongs to the

    adjective clause. You have correctly (congratulations!) underlined the verb in each

    adjective clause. Just remember that you could delete the adjective clause, and the

    sentence would still be good English. But you cannot delete the main verb. In other

    words, you could not say "All that I have yours." You need that "is."

    (3) I, too, am a learner, so I know how difficult it is to understand certain things.

    If you have more questions about this matter, please post them, and the excellent

    teachers will give you and me the answers. All that we need is right here at

    usingenglish.com.
    Last edited by TheParser; 06-Oct-2011 at 21:35.

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    Re: Part of speech?

    Thanks all of you.

    I have been struggling to understand the structures. I’m trying to build a habit to spot them out.

    Thanks for putting up with my English writing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Are sentences still correct if I drop “all” and “that”?

    This suggests that you are asking about all sentences ever composed.

    With 'the' you make it clear that you are referring to particular sentences already mentioned.
    Thanks teacher fivejedjon!

    I re-checked “Swan” and got the answer at section 64.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawnngcm View Post
    Thanks for putting up with my English writing!
    You are welcome, but we are not 'putting up with it'. We are here to help with genuine enquiries if we can.

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