Syntax and word order
(Rules for the English syntax and word order in a sentence)
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What is the word order in English grammar?
As a learner, you need to know that the sentence structure, which is the word order, is considerably rigid in English. This lack of flexibility occurs because the of the sentence cannot be moved arbitrarily within it. So, they usually need to occupy their fixed place or position. In principle, the subsequent order of the constituents or parts applies in positive and negative English sentences:
Rule for English sentence formation
is the acronym (abbreviation) for
Subject (S)–Verb (V, main verb)–Object (O)
In most cases, this order may not be changed. Compare the examples:
In a more detailed breakdown, the English sentence structure looks as follows. Note that the place (details: ) always comes before the time (details: ):
|are going to write
Alternatively, the adverbial of time may appear at the beginning of the sentence:
|at the gym.
Subordinate clauses can be extended by a preceding conjunction (connective words in English):
What is the typical word order in questions?
Interrogative sentences, which are questions in most cases, also retain the order of subject–verb–object. Note, however, that the question word appears at the beginning of the sentence, and the auxiliary verb moves to the position in front of the subject:
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