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Word – Order Situations That Look Incorrect

Sometimes, you may come across with word order that looks incorrect, but in fact is correct. Such instances are quite deceptive as you tend to discard the correct option. We will discuss two instances that are frequently tested in G-matic expression.

  1. Fronting
    Fronting is a process in which some middle elements of the sentences are brought to the front for the sake of emphasis.Except in questions, helping verbs generally follow subjects. But, when is fronting is done with negative words or place words, helping verbs are correctly put before the subjects. This subject – verb inversion, which is usually followed with questions, is correct in this kind of sentences.
    Words used with fronting: no, never, neither, nor, seldom, hardly, scarcely, hardly and the word only

Study the following examples to understand this process.

  • I have never seen such a dangerous man. (usual with no emphasis on never)
  • Never have I seen such a dangerous man. (Inverted word order with emphasis on never.)
  • We seldom have time for ourselves. (usual word order without emphasis on seldom)
  • Seldom do we have time for ourselves! (Inverted word order with emphasis on seldom.)
  • We understand the importance of victory only when we lose the battle. (this is the subordinate clause without emphasis)
  • Only when we lose a battle do we understand the importance of victory. (the clause starting with only is emphasized.)
  1. Inversion with Conjunctions as and than in Comparison
    The subject and verb after the conjunctions as and than in comparison can be correctly written in usual or in inverted word order. Both these structures look odd because we generally omit them in usual structures.

Study the following examples to understand this concept.

* My house is farther away from the airport than is your house.

* My house is farther away from the airport than your house is.

* Your house is not so far away from the airport as is my house.

* Your house is not so far away from the airport as my house is.


However, test takers usually consider both these sentences incorrect and tend to eliminate these choices. But in G-matic expression, these structures are com-monly used to avoid ambiguity of expression and are surely correct.


Now that we have discussed the word order problems quite thoroughly, we should put our knowledge to G-matic practice.





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