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    Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Hello everyone! I am studying at the university to become an English teacher, and I should know the answer to this, but here it is:

    "I am all that you have home." (If anyone here is a fan of The Decemberists, then they might recognize this line!)

    "I" would be noun phrase one and the subject
    "am" would be the predicating verb and stative verb
    "all that you have home" would be the subject complement and second noun phrase, where "all" is the quantifying predeterminer, "that" is the demonstrative determiner, "you" is the head-noun, and then... what would "have home" be? I am so embarrassed! I am not entirely sure whether or not everything I have above is correct (so please, be sure to let me know if it isn't!)

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    Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    "I am all that you have home."

    It seems your analysis is correct to some extent:

    I= Pronoun functioning as a Subject
    am= linking verb functioning of course as a Main Verb
    all that you have home= Nominal clause functioning as a Subject Complement

    I believe that the relationship between "all" and "that you have home" is (=) In other words

    "all" is equal in meaning to "that you have home"

    If my assumption is correct, then "all" is a noun

    and

    "that you have at home" is an Appositive Clause

    This appositive clause is analysed as follows:

    You= Pronoun functioning as a Subject
    have= Main Verb
    at home= a prepositional phrase functioning as an Adverbial (of place)


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    Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    I have actually considered the possibility of "all" functioning as a noun, but I wasn't entirely sure whether or not appositive clauses could begin with demonstrative pronouns. Is the appositive clause, "all that you have home" (renaming the subject)? And is it possible for an appositive clause to come after a linking, stative verb? I suppose so! Yes, actually, that does seem to make sense. So "all that you have home" is an appositive clause, renaming the subject?

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    Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    "That" here, I think, is not a demonstrative pronoun.

    That girl is my daughter. (Here, it is a demonstrative pronoun)

    That he is happier is obvious. ("That" here is appositive as the original sentence is: The fact that he is happier is obvious)

    all that you have at home" is an appositive clause, renaming the subject?
    I would say that
    All = Noun
    and

    "that you have at home" is the Appositive clause. It modifies, so to speak, the noun "all".
    Last edited by Mohammed Abu Risha; 23-Feb-2008 at 20:05.


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    Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    So then, would this work? "All that you have home is me."


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    Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    I would say that
    All = Noun
    and

    "that you have at home" is the Appositive clause. It modifies, so to speak, the noun "all".
    Really? You think so? Hmm!

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    Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by verso View Post
    So then, would this work? "All that you have home is me."
    Yes you can say that. But one thing I am not sure of: "home" or "at home"?? Is it a colloquial expression?


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    Re: Is this sentence grammatically correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mohammed Abu Risha View Post
    Yes you can say that. But one thing I am not sure of: "home" or "at home"?? Is it a colloquial expression?
    Hm, you're right. A noun can function as an adjective but only if it precedes the noun, correct? It would need that preposition, "at," wouldn't it?

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