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word order

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noun
  1. 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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Origin of word order

First recorded in 1890–95
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Historical Examples

  • The word-order is modern with scarcely a trace of the antique.

    The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)

    Henry Osborn Taylor

  • In these lines there is much poetic inversion of word-order.

  • 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

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for word order

word order

noun
  1. 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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