Questions tagged [preposing]

For questions about the situation where elements in a sentence that have been moved closer to the beginning of the sentence than they would normally appear. For example, "confused I am" in "She said I might be confused. Well, confused I am!"

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Why is it "Here you are!" but "Here comes the teacher."?

Why is it "Here you are!" but "Here comes the teacher." ? I'm quite confused. When should I use inversion?
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How to analyze this sentence - "I have to wait for I don't know how long."

I know the following sentence is correct: I have to wait for I don't know how long. If we shift "for long" part like this (see #2), it will be incorrect. Right? I have to wait for how ...
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"and build upon that, but build they have": Should that 2nd "build" be "built"?

From the book Thinking in Java: The .NET platform is roughly the same as the Java Virtual Machine (JVM; the software platform on which Java programs execute) and Java libraries, and C# bears ...
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What is "Confused I am"?

I often encounter in the Internet strange phrases like "Confused I am". What does this strange word order mean?
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What do you make of "try we are"?

That does not mean we shouldn’t try to find it — and try we are. For more than 50 years, scientists have been using high-powered radio telescopes and other equipment to try to intercept any signals ...
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