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    Smile All they do is talk

    Hello there... Could you shed some light on this?

    My job is to protect you.
    All they do is talk.

    Please, dear teachers and friends, why do I think there should be a 'to' before 'talk'?

    Protecting you is my job
    To protect you is my job.
    Talk is all they do.

    Are the sentences above right?

    Thanks!

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    Re: All they do is talk

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Hello there... Could you shed some light on this?

    My job is to protect you.
    All they do is talk.

    Please, dear teachers and friends, why do I think there should be a 'to' before 'talk'?

    Protecting you is my job
    To protect you is my job.
    Talk is all they do.

    Are the sentences above right?

    Thanks!
    Yep, informally everything is fine. "All they do is [to] verb".

    The omission of the "to" emphasizes the verb, strongly: talk.

    It is very expressive, isn't it?

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    Smile Re: All they do is talk

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    Yep, informally everything is fine. "All they do is [to] verb".

    The omission of the "to" emphasizes the verb, strongly: talk.

    It is very expressive, isn't it?
    I did not know it was possible to emphasize a sentence like that by omitting a preposition (like 'to'). It sounds strange to me.

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    Re: All they do is talk

    "All-they-do-is-talk" - Google Search 39,000 hits

    "talk is all they do" - Google Search 603 hits.

    For the second version (much more informal than the first), just read the first entry. Pure, vigorous vernacular, regardless of what the purists say.

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    So, I could say "my job is protect you" fearlessly and everyone will take it?
    Well... I have to double my studies... I mean... listen to the radios more often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Hello there... Could you shed some light on this?

    My job is to protect you.
    All they do is talk. Here all they do is the mai clausewhich should be joined by a verbal clause "is to talk"

    Please, dear teachers and friends, why do I think there should be a 'to' before 'talk'?

    Protecting you is my job
    To protect you is my job.
    Talk is all they do. here "talk' is used as noun and acting subject

    Are the sentences above right?

    Thanks!
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    Re: All they do is talk

    No. You can't say "my job is protect you". Nor can I explain why. But "all she [ever] does is verb" is fine.

    These omissions are a strange thing. One slip and you're out. This is where the writers of automated morphological/syntactic parsers go grey. Probably best to take it on a case-by-case basis.

    PS I need hardly point out I'm talking about N. American English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    No. You can't say "my job is protect you". Nor can I explain why. But "all she [ever] does is verb" is fine.

    These omissions are a strange thing. One slip and you're out. This is where the writers of automated morphological/syntactic parsers go grey. Probably best to take it on a case-by-case basis.

    PS I need hardly point out I'm talking about N. American English.
    I have to move to England. No offense!


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    Re: All they do is talk

    All they do is sing.
    All they do is to sing.

    Learning English | BBC World Service
    Swan PEU 130.5



    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    All they do is talk. Here all they do is the mai clausewhich should be joined by a verbal clause "is to talk"
    There is no main clause (and subordinate clause) in this sentence. Where is the subordinate conjunction?

    All (that they do) is talk (=noun). -- SVC

    All that they do is to talk. -- SVC -- infinitive clauses may be realized as noun phrases


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    Re: All they do is talk

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    No. You can't say "my job is protect you". Nor can I explain why.
    It is not a cleft sentence.

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