I'm from Korea, a non-English speaking country.
I recently had my mid-term on English.
In the test, there was a question asking us to put words in order and make them into a full sentence. The sentence was slightly changed from its original version on the test paper. The original sentence was:
- "We could say appearance was important to men in the past and it certainly is to men in the present."
The changed version was without "certainly", like below:
- "We could say appearance was important to men in the past and it is to men in the present."
Instead I wrote:
- "We could say appearance was important to men in the past and to men in the present it is."
for my answer.
I know this sentence (#3) is a bit awkward, but I believe quite much that this sentence is not grammatically totally wrong. Is it?
I used inversion to give extra emphasis on the last part of the sentence. Could it be wrong to place "to men in the present" in such order in the sentence?
Please, please help me. I am so, sooo worried now. No one could help me in my off-line, Korean world.
*Just for notice, the question required us to use only the given phrases, not to add any other additional words to clarify the meaning.