I wonder which of the following sentences is grammatically right?

  1. So happy he looks.
  2. So happy does he look.

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I think they are both grammatically correct, but their word order is definitely not usual.

The better way to say is:

  1. He looks so happy!

Neither example is a complete sentence.

Example 1 does not seem natural to my (American) ear.

Example 2 seems poetic and old-fashioned. I expect the second example to be followed by a cause or a corollary. For example:

  1. So happy does he look,
    now that sadness
    he hath forsook.

By the way, "hath" and "forsook" are very rare in modern English. Also, "hath forsaken" is probably better grammatically than "hath forsook". Unfortunately, "forsaken" does not rhyme with "look".

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