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word order

the way in which words are arranged in sequence in a sentence or smaller construction:
In Latin, word order is freer than in English.
Origin of word order
First recorded in 1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In other words, word order takes on a real functional value.

    Language Edward Sapir
  • Marius latuit looks like a normalization of word order from the emphatic latuit Marius.

  • Such errors caused by confusion between singular and plural forms, or word order, have been corrected without note.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for word order

word order

the arrangement of words in a phrase, clause, or sentence. In many languages, including English, word order plays an important part in determining meanings expressed in other languages by inflections
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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