I've read some website about fronting object for emphasis. These are some examples I have got :

Why she cut her hair I cannot imagine.

Strange people they are!

Despite its small size and slow gait, the wolverine is an effective predator, for what it lacks in speed and size it makes up by strength and endurance.

And my question is :

Can I front any object? Are there any exceptions?

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    I think your last example is a run-on sentence. -- Quite interesting talking about fronting and inversion is. Yodaish it reminds me of. Be useful for you Grammar Girl's post would. Commented Jul 9, 2014 at 8:21

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This is the first time I've heard the grammatical term, fronting. Now I have a word for it. Thank you.

I've tried fronting with a few phrases and find it pretty flexible. But you want a hard rule? With exceptions? As we say,

"What did your last slave die of?" :-)

I'd just advise you to keep using expressions like the ones you quoted. emulating the speech of people or writers whose expression pleases you. Possibly a lot of the expressions you then use will involve fronting but unlike you, most of the rest of us won't notice what's fronted and what's not!

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