What is wrong with the sentence “There put a student an amazing answer to the test”?

Why is this sentence ungrammatical? There put a student an amazing answer to the test. Answer It’s not ungrammatical. It’s simply a marked order rather than the normal order. The normal order of English is subject–verb–object (SOV) for transitive verbs and subject–verb–complement (SVC) otherwise. The important thing is that normally English is SV, not VS. … Read more

Which “not” is not in the proper place: “Not only does (not) she (not) know, but also …”

I know that whenever we bring “not only” at the beginning of a sentence, what comes after it has to be in question form. Now, I’m having a problem with the negative form of this question. Which one of the following sentences is correct? Not only doesn’t she know, but also … or Not only … Read more

How does the “reverse syntax” in Middle English work?

I was reading the Romance of Tristan and I came across the passage: “Therefore did Tristan claim justice and the right of battle and therefore was he careful to fail in nothing of the homage he owed King Mark, his lord.” I see these kinds of grammar reversals a lot in older English, like: “Quickly … Read more

When “be it” is at the beginning of a sentence, what kind of structure do you call it?

I think it is kind of inversion and I’d found some info on Wikipedia, but I cannot recall what term this structure is, I even remember some examples from Wiki, say, “be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.” Can anybody help me out? Answer In terms of morphology, the verb is in … Read more

Subject in “Over there is where I’ll be.”

Here’s a conversation between a receptionist of a hotel and a man wanting to meet a girl living in the hotel: Man: Is she in? Receptionist: Just missed her, actually, but you’re welcome to wait. Man: Okay. Maybe I will. She probably won’t be that long, right? Receptionist: Once she went out and didn’t come … Read more

A question about the sentence “And boy, have we patented it.”

In 2007, Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone. During the presentation, he introduced a feature called Multi-touch; he said, “And boy, have we patented it!” What I am wondering about is the reason why the subject “we”, and the auxiliary “have” are inverted here. It doesn’t seem to be an interrogative sentence to me, or … Read more

Grammatical rule used in “change it will” in the following sentence

The sentence is: That’s why the future Internet will have to change, and change it will. This looks like a kind of an inverted sentence but I didn’t see such a structure before in the explanations given for inverted sentences from the websites which I looked at. Answer It’s still “inversion.” We can use inversion … Read more