the way in which words are arranged in sequence in a sentence or smaller construction: In Latin, word order is freer than in English.
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How to use word order in a sentence
The system, it said, was “erroneously set to flag phrases without respect to word order.”Welcome to TikTok’s endless cycle of censorship and mistakes | Abby Ohlheiser | July 13, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
The updated phrase match will continue to respect word order when it’s important to the meaning, the announcement reads.Google expands phrase match to include broad match modifier traffic | George Nguyen | February 4, 2021 | Search Engine Land
Wherever possible, the Old English syntax has been preserved (see line 1242); the word-order of the original is retained.The Translations of Beowulf | Chauncey Brewster Tinker
Note the free word-order in Spanish which permits, as in this line, the subject to follow the verb, the object to precede.
Bcquer, in his striving after complicated metrical arrangements, often inverts the word-order in his verse.
This otherwise admirable sonnet is marred by the numerous inversions of the word-order.
For this reason some sort of artificial diction is developed and some artificial word order devised.
British Dictionary definitions for 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
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