In Arabic, one can put for example "Iraq, What is its destiny?" as a title. Is this structure valid in English? If it is, does it have a name? What about the punctuation? Generalizations and limitations?

  • 2
    This looks like "left dislocation" (relevant question here: "Pronoun immediately following its antecedent")
    – herisson
    Oct 9, 2016 at 20:48
  • 7
    You will often see a colon used rather than a comma.
    – John Feltz
    Oct 9, 2016 at 21:00
  • The duplicate asks about topic fronting followed by an immediate anaphoric pronoun. This is topic fronting followed by a delayed anaphoric pronoun (but still left-dislocation). But, although the example in the duplicate question sounds quaint and this doesn't, the questions are close enough to bracket. Oct 14, 2016 at 22:34

1 Answer 1


This isn't something I've necessarily seen very often, and I don't know if it has a name. However, I believe it would be grammatically correct if you marked it with a colon, like so: "Iraq: What is its destiny?"

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.