"All you have to do is maintain the rules properly"

Here,What kind of clause is "All you have to do"?

  • Looks like a subject clause attaching to copula / verb is, to me (syntactically it's also a noun, same as, say The trick is to stick to the rules). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jun 13 '18 at 17:40
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    It's not a clause; it's an NP consisting of a fused-head determiner (All) modified by a relative clause with a null relativizer ([that] you have to do). – StoneyB on hiatus Jun 13 '18 at 17:41

"All you have to do" is not a clause there. The subject of the sentence is "all" which is a noun there.

Its long version is:

All that you have to do

"That you have to do" is an adjective relative clause defining the noun "all".

But of course, you can omit "that".


All I want you to do is to love me.

All you are saying is "It's not my mistake!", and you are doing nothing else!

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