Questions tagged [word-order]

This tag is for questions about the correct order of words in a phrase or a sentence, or how changing the order affects the meaning.

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Confusion over the position of an adverb

We are taught that an adverb should be placed behind the verb it modifies or at the end of the sentence. For example: 1: I run quickly; 2: I love her deeply. However, I see sentences in which the ...
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Is the adverbial in the sentence in the right place?

The institution name I used was "Institution name". Is the "I used" in the right place in the sentence?
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Why {are you / you are} making noise?

I always get confused between these two sentences: Why are you making noise? Why you are making noise? Could anyone put light in the differences between the two?
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“God only knows” vs. “Only God knows”

One can say only God knows in reference to some mystery only an omniscient being would know, or for those who prefer their oaths minced, heaven knows or goodness knows or lord knows. The inverted ...
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“pope emeritus” vs “emeritus pope”

He will also be known as pope emeritus, emeritus pope or Roman pontifex emeritus. (CNN) Why does the journalist prospect the possibility of calling Benedict XVI "pope emeritus"? Since "...
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Is the SVOMPT word order necessary in creating a sentence?

I learned the English word order SVOMPT (Subject, Verb, Objects, Manner, Place, Time) rule at school. Although it was a quite straightforward rule when I was studying, now (under more influence from ...
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How to properly position adjectives

Sometimes I find myself in the position to describe something and of course making massive use of adjectives. Check out the following sentences, I would say, for example: three large red apples; ...
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A parallelism between “Here come they …” and “Here comes the bus …”

A1. Hardly had they arrived ... A2. Hardly had the bus arrived ... B1. Here come they ... B2. Here comes the bus ... One can notice a parallelism between A1 and A2, and these sentences are both ...
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Is it right to use “throughout” with yesterday or today?

Are these expressions correct? 1: Throughout yesterday afternoon, the place was noisy because of the event. 2: It was very cold and freezing throughout yesterday.
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Is “[location] welcome to” acceptable?

The song "Chałupy welcome to", about a nudist beach near the seaside village of Chałupy was the hit of summer 1985 in Poland, with catchy, positive, light text for the dark times, and fun melody. ...

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