Which of the following two sentences is grammatically correct?

  1. City lights now I am missing.
  2. City lights I'm now missing.

Kind of neither, in the sense that they're both sentence fragments and neither is a grammatically-correct full sentence. Needs more context. But #2 is a better-structured sentence fragment than #1.

  • It is for a song lyrics. – millym Jan 28 '18 at 11:00
  • I kind of had a feeling that was it, based on the... I don't know, the meter, I guess? And, honestly, in that context #1 wouldn't be beyond the pale. Amazing amounts of grammatical gymnastics go on, to shoe-horn ideas into lyrics that fit the tune. (I mean, Men Without Hats rhyme "dance" with "hands", in "Safety Dance"! Those two words do not rhyme, even if you somehow pronounce "hands" as "hance".) – FeRD Jan 28 '18 at 11:07
  • @millym - Please don't exclude pertinent information like that, only to add it later in the comments. That little tidbit should have been included in the question itself (you can still add it with an edit). It's quite rare to include too many details in a question; unfortunately, questions with insufficient details are all too common. – J.R. Jan 28 '18 at 11:10
  • Actually, I don't think it is a sentence fragment. It has a subject, I, a verb, am missing, and an object, city lights; it's just ordered unusually. – stangdon Jan 28 '18 at 13:34
  • @stangdon In a sense I agree, as all of the same information could be expressed with, "I miss the city lights." which obviously is a complete sentence. But, the forms above wouldn't ever be spoken on their own as complete sentences, they're structured in such a way that they're not complete as-is. (Which is consistent with a line from a song, most aren't complete sentences and seem "off" taken out of context.) – FeRD Jan 28 '18 at 13:39

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