I was afraid to ask this question since I couldn't find any reference online and it kind of breaks the rules of grammar, but I'm curious to know if it can have any meaning and may be possible in casual speech since I doubt it can be applied anywhere in writing or formal English.
The normal order in an interrogative sentence is:
- What does this day mean to you?
But what if we remove the helping verb and invert the verb and object:
- What means this day to you?
I'm researching, so it's interesting to know whether this is possible.
What if we have this sentence:
- What does it change if we tell him about this?
If we remove the helping verb and invert the words we get:
- What changes it if we tell him about this?
But "it" kind of sounds strange now. And is it a dummy it or an object? What if we remove it?
- What changes if we tell him about this?
Will this sentence mean the same thing as the one with the helping word?
What if we use other question words such as "How" or "Where" for instance?
- How helps this get him out of jail? (How does this help to get him out of jail)
- Where comes this from? (Where does this come from?)
I wouldn't want to be accused in any way so this is just a curiousity. I'm trying to study good and correct English.