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Very often we find sentences which are not structured conventionally in the subject-verb-object format. Here is an example.

When they arrived at the seaside, out jumped all the children with a shout of joy

instead of

When they arrived at the seaside, all the children jumped out with a shout of joy

Are such sentences grammatically correct?

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Yes, both are grammatical. In the first the writer has foregrounded out, thus emphasising the children's happy exuberance.

  • I've never heard "foreground" used as a verb, but the dictionaries seem to suggest it can be so used! – TrevorD Aug 12 '13 at 18:04
  • I hesitated to use the past participle. To foreground is perhaps the form more often found. – Barrie England Aug 12 '13 at 18:40
  • Noted - but I hadn't previously heard that form either. (I'm not suggesting it's not acceptable, because it's in the dictionaries - just that it's new to me.) – TrevorD Aug 12 '13 at 19:59

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