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    All you can do is give your all.

    All you can do (a subordinate clause) - a subject of the sentence where you is a subject, can do a predicator and All (a noun) an object;

    is - a predicator of the sentence (linking verb);

    give your all (a non-finite subordinate clause) a complement of the sentence where give is a predicator and your all (a noun phrase in which the noun all is the head of the phrase and the possessive adjective your a modifier) an object.

    Is my parsing acceptable?

    Thank you.


    I'm not a teacher and I'm not a native speaker of English.

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    Re: parsing

    '(...that) you can do' is the subordinate clause.

    The subject of the main clause is 'All (that) you can do', which includes a subordinate clause.

    'give' is a finite verb, the verb of the main clause.

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    Re: parsing

    Thank you, Piscean, for your reply. Indeed, '(...that) you can do' is the subordinate clause.

    Do you agree with me that '(...that) you can do' is a relative clause modifying the noun All in the noun phrase
    All you can do which is the subject of the sentence All you can do is give your all?
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    Re: parsing

    Quote Originally Posted by tkacka15 View Post
    Do you agree with me that '(...that) you can do' is a relative clause modifying the noun All in the noun phrase All you can do which is the subject of the sentence All you can do is give your all?
    I think so. I am not sure whether 'All you can do' is a noun phrase - I'm afraid I am a little behind on current labelling.

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