I've read some articles on the rules of word order in English, but still have many questions when it comes to particular situations. For example, do the following sentences sound natural, or I need to place verbs after the subjects?

This district is famous for its art clubs. There gather artists, writers, musicians and other people interested in contemporary art and culture who want to promote new genres and techniques.

The introduction of the law led to dramatic consequences. This way was established a new, autocratic, and anti-liberal state where a single person could have all military and civil power in their hands and where human rights were infringed.

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    – JavaLatte
    Aug 18, 2021 at 11:25
  • @JavaLatte, these are just figments of my imaginations, but thanks, I'll remember this! Aug 18, 2021 at 13:15
  • You may want to consider starting your second example with "in this way". Aug 18, 2021 at 16:23
  • @GaryBotnovcan , why? What would be the difference? Aug 19, 2021 at 5:55
  • "This state was established [in] this way". In canonical order, the preposition isn't needed to establish the adverbial role. "This way was established this state". With the inversion and without a preposition, we can't determine which constituent is subject and which is complement or modifier. The more likely interpretation is "this way was established [as] this state", which doesn't seem to match your intention. Using "in this way" avoids an unintended garden path. Aug 19, 2021 at 17:59

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These are examples of literary inversion, or anastrophe. If you intend to write in a literary style, they are fine, but such inversions are not natural.

  • Thank you very much! Aug 18, 2021 at 13:15

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